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Founders

All institutions evolve over time, and institutes are no different. Since its dedication in the fall of 2007, The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics has become an important part of the intellectual life of DePauw University. It is important to recognize that what exists today – from provocative lectures and conferences to stimulating reading groups and the vibrant intern program – has been built on the vision and values of the Institute founders. They saw great promise in an ethics institute at DePauw that would offer rigorous inquiry and probing discourse. Janet W. Prindle, a 1958 graduate of DePauw, made possible the construction of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics. President emeritus Robert Bottoms and English professor Martha Rainbolt were essential leaders in the development of the Prindle Institute. Paddy McShane, DePauw class of 2007, was the Institute’s first student intern, setting the standard for all those interns who have followed in her footsteps over the years.