The Vann Center for Ethics was established through a generous gift from Jim '50 and Lee Vann, and dedicated on Nov. 16, 2009. It is located in Eumenean Hall on the Davidson College campus. The strategic vision of the Vann Center is to be a catalyst for moral inquiry and imagination, careful analysis and reflection, civil dialogue, and responsible action.
The Vann Center provides educational programs and services to help students, faculty, professionals, and the public confront complex ethical issues, dilemmas and challenges. Programming features an annual series of Ethics Forums on a wide range of topics, which have included ethical issues in business, medicine, law, journalism, war, sports, humanitarian aid, genetics, neuroscience, and religion. The center frequently partners with diverse academic departments and student groups to host renowned guest speakers.