Last year, Justin Hosman, 3L at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was selected as a Carnegie Ethics Fellow. He recently shared his thoughts about the fellowship, with a particular emphasis on his experiences at the Carnegie Council’s Global Ethics Conference in New York City.
During the end of the 2013-2014 school year I had the opportunity to apply and interview for a position as the Carnegie Council Ethics Fellow for the Future (EFF). I interviewed with Deen Chatterjee and, during the crush of finals, he urged me to continue the application process by writing a short paper. I’m glad he did. After being selected to be an EFF and working through an online ethics curriculum over the summer, Professor Chatterjee and I traveled to New York in October to attend the Carnegie Council’ annual Global Ethics Conference and the Council’s Centennial Anniversary events.
The conference and the related events were an experience that I will not forget. Shortly after arriving in New York, my fellow EFFs and I continued the conversations that, until then, had been taking place exclusively in cyberspace. In person, our discussions accelerated in meaning and substance and we created powerful friendships. Many of the fellows had the opportunity to present their ideas to the larger group and advocate their positions in relation to global ethics.
Afterwards, we had the opportunity to hear Princeton ethicist Peter Singer apply his utilitarian ideas to global issues in the historic Great Hall of the City University of New York. We also had the unique opportunity to watch as the Council Centennial Chair Michael Ignatieff of Harvard University was interviewed in the New York Public Library. Finally, and for me, the Centennial Reception and Dinner at the Yale Club for all the junior and senior fellows was the most memorable portion of the fellowship. I was able to meet amazing people who are seeking to find ways to make the world a better place and it was humbling to watch those who have invested immense amounts of their time and energy in the pursuit of promoting a global ethical conversation.
The Carnegie experience will open many doors for me in the future. The conference allowed me to create relationships with people I would have never met otherwise. These connections will be invaluable as I step into the professional world. Furthermore, I participated in work that sharpened my ideas about ethics on a global scale and provided a clear understanding of the international issues that face the human family. Truly, it was an incredible opportunity that will guide my decisions and create future options.
Carnegie Junior Ethics Fellows, 2014. 3L Justin Hosman, top row, second from the right.