VIDEO: Former White House Advisor William Kristol, 'Is Ethical Public Service Still Possible?'

Kristol at podium speaks to crowd

In recent years, we have witnessed the erosion of countless conventions of politics, diplomacy and governance -- especially in the areas of ethical behavior and decision making. Vann Professor of Ethics in Society William Kristol discusses what this means for the future of public service and asks what role ethics play in modern American politics. With an audience in the Duke Family Performance Hall, Kristol explores whether, in modern America and in the modern world, it is still possible to perform the act of public service, and to make the decisions public service roles require, with one's ethics intact. For the latter half of the event, Kristol is joined by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Assistant Professor of Sociology Natalie Delia Deckard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy Daniel Layman and Professor of History and Davidson College President Carol E. Quillen.

Kristol is the founder of "The Weekly Standard" and a former White House advisor. In this Q&A, he shares his thoughts on the current state of public decision making.


  • January 31, 2019