The Parr Center for Ethics was established in 2004-2005, thanks to a generous gift from the Gary W. Parr Family Foundation. Plans for the Center grew naturally in the fertile soil of the Ethics Fellows Program in the College's Institute for Arts and Humanities which was begun in 1997. That program helped to consolidate a community of scholars from across the University, all of whose research and teaching interests are squarely in ethics. Capitalizing on this community, the Parr Center for Ethics seeks to encourage and foster the palpable need for fruitful discussion and exploration of ethical issues. In 2008, the Center was the winner of the American Philosophical Association/Philosophy Documentation Center Award For Excellence and Innovations in Philosophy Programs.