McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility

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the McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility

We invite you to help the Center in its mission to invigorate the intellectual life of King's College and to provide programming of interest to alumni, the local community, and increasingly an audience all over the United States and even beyond.

Your generous support in the form of financial contributions will enable the Center to strengthen and enhance its programming: events, conferences, faculty development, and student research. Special giving opportunities appear further down the page; please contact us to learn yet more.

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For nearly a decade, the McGowan Center has hosted events for the King’s College community and our neighbors. During the pandemic, the Center took its events online and reached a nation-wide audience. Through your help, we hope to transition to a hybrid model of in-person/streaming events, which requires the acquisition of new technology. Please see the Center’s YouTube channel for recordings of 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 events.

Heather Boushey on "How Inequality Constricts Our Economy," with a response from Teresa Ghilarducci (10/26/20)

Cathleen Kaveny on "Catholics as Citizens, Catholics as Voters," 2020 Moreau Lecture (10/14/20)

Special funding opportunities include:

  • The annual Labor Day Lecture, celebrating the College’s historical mission to educate the children of working class people.
  • The annual Constitution Day Lecture, dedicated to our nation’s quest for a more perfect union.
  • The annual Feast of St. Francis Lecture, the theme of which is linked every year to a passion of the poor man of Assisi, such as peace, building up the church, ecology, or inter-religious dialogue.
  • The annual Bessette Lecture on Medical Ethics, named in honor of the first saint of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Brother André Bessette, who was renowned as a healer.
  • The annual Science and Humanities Lecture, exploring the intersections of these disciplines of study, often opposed in popular discourse.
  • The annual Earth Day Symposium, on care for our common home.
  • Endow the academic journal Zeal: A Journal for the Liberal Arts (with annual operating costs of around $1,000). Founded by Villanova University's Center for Liberal Education in 2007 under the name Expositions: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, the journal moved to King's College in 2022, at which point it was renamed. Issues appear twice annually. 

To learn more, Please Contact:

Dr. Bernard Prusak
Professor of Philosophy &
Director, McGowan Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility


Christine Meluskey
Director of Annual Giving
Institutional Advancement

570-208-5900, ext. 5689



"As an enthusiast for international relations, I love to read up on every policy detail that I can, and it is not every day that I have the privilege to speak to someone who was on the scene helping shape policy."
Issa Dahdal, political science major, class of 2022, on his experience as a panelist in the spring 2021 event with foreign diplomat Elizabeth Shackelford, author of The Dissent Channel (2020)

"Receiving the program list of the McGowan Center provides a calm moment in a tumultuous time. We can be informed, and we can have rational discussions.”
Karen Keefer, Emerita Member of the King’s College Board of Directors

“The McGowan Center's presentations have allowed me to broaden my perspective on politics, medicine, and the challenges of our world today. This has been especially beneficial to me as a physician assistant student: I’ve become more aware of my implicit biases, which I hope will help me to be a more ethical and excellent medical provider.”
Elisabeth Corbett, medical studies major, class of 2020, master of science in physician assistant studies, class of 2021

"The reason I gave to the McGowan Center boils down to wanting to give back directly to one of the programs I enjoyed most while I was a student. What made the donation process unique was the one-on-one time Dr. Prusak and I spent thinking of ideas and names of colleagues who would be a great fit. The presentation that Heather Boushey gave [fall 2020] will always be relevant, and I'm proud to have played a part in her coming to campus.”
Andrew Coco, majors in accounting and finance, class of 2017

"[The fall 2020 Moreau Lecture with Cathleen Kaveny] was one of the best discussions I’ve seen.”
Fr. James L. Heft, SM, founder and president emeritus of the Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at USC