The Virtues and Vices Series - this series started in fall 2014 as a partnership between the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and the USC Thematic Option Honors Program. The series encourages student discussions about virtues, vices, and their role in everyday life.
- Audience: The target audience for the Virtues and Vices Series are undergraduate and graduate students from all programs at USC.
- When: Virtues and Vices events are offered one time per semester, but may increase in frequency as the series progresses. Currently the moderated discussions are 1.5 hours in length.
- Approximate Number of Participants: Meetings typically garner 40-50 students.
- Focus of Meetings: The Virtues and Vices Series engages students with the role of virtue and character in our daily lives. For example, the first two discussion themes were “What is Courage?” and “What is Justice?” Why might it be important for us to determine the limits of courage? How might we best be courageous in our daily lives? In the discussion about justice, students navigate this difficult terrain with special focus on how we might best be just in our own lives.
Funding and Operations:
- Support: Funding for the Virtues and Vices Series is provided by the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics.
- Operations: The Virtues and Vices Series has a budget of approximate $600 per academic year.