JPE 600 and 610

Additional sessions will be added throughout the year. Scroll down or click on a course/session title for details.

JPE 600 Course

JPE 600 introduces students to the foundations of ethical reflection in which they will engage throughout the course of their graduate careers. Working within an interdisciplinary context, after participation in this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe and give examples of ethical reasoning in daily life;
  • Differentiate ethical issues from issues of law, regulation, or policy;
  • Identify, assess, and address ethical issues as they arise in the context of research, scholarship, and teaching;
  • Locate resources (local, institutional, regional, and national) for enhancing and preserving scholarly integrity through research, scholarship, and teaching.

 JPE 610: Educational Sessions, Spring 2019

Events are added to the table below as information becomes available. Check back often for updates and new opportunities.






Jan 23-24 / 10am- 4pm

Jones Room (Jan.23)

Whitehead Auditorium (Jan.24)

Mitigating Implicit Bias – Tools for the Neuroscientist
We all have learned stereotypes that unconsciously influence how we see ourselves and others. Like perceptual illusions, some biases persist even once we are aware of them. Implicit bias impacts diverse scientific communities, ultimately limiting the potential of neuroscientists and inhibiting discovery.
In this virtual conference, organized by Ione Fine (University of Washington), Alicia Izquierdo (UCLA), and Yael Niv (Princeton University), you will learn practical strategies for recognizing and overcoming implicit bias and increasing diversity in your labs and institutions, as well as the neuroscience field at large.
From 16 experts, including scientists, lawyers, business and philosophy professors, book authors, and NPR podcast hosts, you will learn about and gain strategies to address:
  • Implicit bias in academia: why it’s there and what we can do about it.
  • Social dynamics.
  • Mentoring in light of implicit biases.
  • Recruitment, selection, and evaluation.
  • Negotiation.
  • Diversifying the pipeline.
Feb 4 / 12-1:30pm
Jones Room, RM 311, Woodruff Library
Outkast & the Rise of the Hip Hop South
(JWJI Race & Difference Colloquium)
Dr. Bradley's current book-length project, Chronicling Stankonia: OutKast and the Rise of the Hip Hop South (under contract, UNC Press), explores how Atlanta, GA hip hop duo OutKast influences conversations about the Black American South after the Civil Rights Movement. Chronicling Stankonia stems from her critically acclaimed series OutKasted Conversations, a YouTube dialogue series about the impact of OutKast on popular culture. Dr. Bradley’s work on popular culture and race is published in south: an interdisciplinary journal, Meridians, Comedy Studies, ADA, Journal of Ethnic American Literature, Palimpsest, and Current Musicology. Dr. Bradley's public scholarship is featured on a range of news media outlets including Washington Post, NPR, NewsOne, SoundingOut!, and Creative Loafing Atlanta.
Feb 8/ 11:45am-1:15pm
Math & Science Cente, Rm. E208
Laney EDGE: 'How to lead a diverse group of people.'
  • Ms. Becka Shetty
Laney EDGE: Emory Diversifying Graduate Education strives to create and strengthen an inclusive, respectful, and intellectually challenging environment that embraces individual difference. In February, we will be hosting a JPE610-credited event for graduate students focused on leadership – more specifically, 'How to lead a diverse group of people.' Our speaker for the event is Ms. Becka Shetty, Associate Director for Transitions and Leadership Programs, Student Involvement, Leadership & Transitions.
Feb 22/ 2:00pm-3:30pm
Ackerman Hall (top floor), Michael C. Carlos Museum
JPE 610: Collecting African Art in the 21st Century 
  • Dr. Amanda Hellman
Collecting African art has long been scrutinized by scholars, collectors, and museums because so much of the visual material was removed from the continent during colonial rule. Recently, President Emmanuel Macron declared restitution of Africa’s visual heritage as a way to address the questionable acquisition practices of the last two centuries. This move brings to the surface the ethics of collecting African art – both historically and today. It also asks who has the authority to buy, sell, and exhibit this cultural material. This talk will look at the history of collecting art from Africa, the policies put in place to prevent looting, such as the UNESCO agreement of 1970, and how we begin to move forward in building and restoring collections of cultural heritage.
No RSVP required.
Feb 27 / 4:30pm
Atwood 260
“The Puck Project: A Performance and Ethics Program for Kids.”
In keeping with recent strides to expand professional competencies in the Laney Graduate School, this talk explores a Shakespeare performance and ethics program developed by three graduate students in Emory’s Department of English. The Puck Project, named for a character in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a portable program for children, which focuses on creative play, emotional intelligence, and ethical expression. Geared toward graduate students interested in creating community-based ethics projects, the presentation outlines the logistics of the project, the goals and objectives, and programmatic curricula. The talk will also investigate the ethics of public humanities and the imperative to create community partnerships as a fundamental part of doctoral and scholarly work. In fact, we hope to show that is through reciprocal relationships both within and outside the academy that scholarship and academic labor flourishes best. 
Feb 28/6:00pm
Michael C. Carlos Museum
Black Masculinities in Art and Popular Culture
The James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference (JWJI) and the Carlos Museum present the latest installment of the JWJI Public Dialogues in Race and Difference Series. In this dialogue, "Black Masculinities in Art and Popular Culture," Atlanta artist and Emory alumus, Dr. Fahamu Pecou (Ph.D. '18) discusses the themes of his Carlos Museum exhibition, DO or DIE: Affect, Ritual, Resistance.


Our interdisciplinary panel includes Scott Heath, Georgia State University; Zandria Robinson, Rhodes College; and Jericho Brown, Emory University.


Provost Dwight McBride will make introductory remarks.
Mar 4 / 3:00-4:00pm
White Hall 206 Sexual Harrasment & Classroom/Workplace Ethics
In the past year, #MeToo and other similar movements have placed a spotlight on the issue of sexual harassment and misconduct in the workplace; the academic environment has not been immune to allegations. Graduate students, who play dual roles as student and university employee, face numerous challenges as it relates to sexual harassment given their unique position in the academic setting. In this interactive presentation, which will feature videos and case studies, we will provide an overview of what constitutes sexual harassment and the obligations that graduate students may have to combat it in their academic settings; the legal and regulatory trends that are starting to emerge regarding Title IX compliance; and resources available to those impacted by sexual harassment.
Mar 6 / 2:30pm-4:30pm
Claudia Nance Rollins Building | Rollins School of Public Health
Room 100


Religion, Ethical Complexities, and the CHAMPS Project:
Is Life or Death the Priority?
Emory’s Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance (CHAMPS) program is currently active in seven countries across the globe with plans to expand to more countries in the coming decade. By identifying the primary causes of childhood death, CHAMPS sites can work with in-country partners to develop national-level, regional, and local policies and initiatives to address those causes. To determine the causes of death, program staff gather tissue and fluid samples from the bodies of children who have died. For some of the community members where CHAMPS works, this procedure conflicts with deeply-held religious and cultural beliefs regarding death and practices for burial.
The presentation will examine the ways in which such conflicts are being handled. First, staff from the CHAMPS program office here at Emory will discuss CHAMPS goals, objectives, and activities. Next, CHAMPS staff and the audience will work through real-life examples from various CHAMPS country sites where in-country staff are negotiating these issues and working to find common ground. Finally, the audience will have an opportunity to ask questions and offer their own perspectives in a group discussion on these complex and potentially contentious issues.
Mar 27/ 1:30pm-3:30pm
Ackerman Hall, Michael C. Carlos Museum

Ethical Decision-making in the Conservation Treatment of Cultural Property

Conservators work with institutions and private collectors to promote the long-term preservation of cultural property, ranging from ancient artifacts to modern artworks. Conservation treatment decisions are guided by a professional code of ethics and are informed by the specific circumstances of each object. This presentation will begin by considering the American Institute for Conservation’s Code of Ethics and Guidelines for Practice. Break-out groups will examine decisions made in the stabilization of mummified human remains, reconstruction of archaeological fragments, and cleaning of “ethnographic” jewelry on display in the Carlos Museum galleries. Participants will exchange observations on these examples as part of a larger discussion about conservation treatment for display.
Space is limited. RSVP at this link: 
Apr 4 / 3:30-5:00pm
White Hall 208
The Use of Animals in Biomedical Research: Ethical and Practical Considerations
  • Dr. Denyse Levesque
Dr. Denyse Levesque has 30 years of experience in Laboratory Animal medicine and Biomedical Research. She is a clinical veterinarian at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center since 1996 .  Before that she worked in England (Oxford University) and Canada (Laval University) . From this experience, she knows a variety of international rules and regulations involved in the use of animals in biomedical research. She has been a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Emory since 1997 and is the Vice-Chair of the Committee since 2000. She is the lead veterinarian for the rodent research facilities at Yerkes since 1999 and she is the Associate Director of the Emory-Yerkes Residency Training Program in Laboratory Animal medicine since 2009.
Apr 15 /12-1:30pm
Jones Room, RM 311, Woodruff Library
Performance, Race, and Gun Culture in the U.S. 
(JWJI Race & Difference Colloquium)
The everyday influence of firearms and the increasing polarization of opinions on gun rights between gun owners and non-gun owners is such that even the term “gun culture” is controversial. But the United States as a whole is saturated with guns, practically and imaginatively. It is a society whose public life is compromised by the ubiquity of firearms, whose history is rooted in gun violence, and whose entertainment continues to mine both the present and the past for romanticized representations of gun use. In this Race and Difference Colloquium talk, Lindsay Livingston will discuss the history of anti-blackness that underpins gun laws in the U.S., the ways that performance has influenced gun culture, and how the right to bear arms is and always has been conditioned on proximity to whiteness.