25th Anniversary Film Series – “Unlocking the Cage” on March 18

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Charles Theatre
1711 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21212

As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, the Berman Institute is proud to present “Expanding Our Conversations: Films that Underscore Important Issues in Bioethics,” a series of documentary film screenings followed by panel discussions of the important bioethical issues they raise.

The first film in the series is “Unlocking the Cage,” a film by Chris Hegedus and the late D.A Pennebaker — the renowned documentary team that received a special Oscar in 2012. Coco the gorilla plays an important part in this film along with animal rights activist/attorney Stephen Wise. The documentary captures a monumental shift in our culture, as the public and judicial system show increasing receptiveness to Wise’s impassioned arguments to grant rights to “nonhuman” animals. It is an intimate look at a lawsuit that could forever transform our legal system, and one man’s lifelong quest to protect living creatures.

  • Panelists:
    • Steven Wise, animal rights activist/attorney
    • Jeff Kahn, Director, Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director of the Berman Institute and Levi Professor of Bioethics and Public Policy
      Kahn works in a variety of areas exploring the intersection of ethics and health/science policy including human and animal research ethics and ethical issues in emerging biomedical technologies. He has served on numerous federal advisory panels, including chairing the Use of Chimpanzees in Biomedical and Behavioral Research committee of the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.
    • Ruth Faden, Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and founder, Berman Institute of Bioethics
      Faden, a leading scholar in the field of bioethics, is author of numerous books and articles on biomedical ethics and public policy, including A History and Theory of Informed Consent. Her current research focuses on structural justice theory, and she is co-author of the 2019 book Structural Injustice: Power, Advantage, and Human Rights.
    • Tom Beauchamp, Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University, and Senior Research Scholar at the University’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics
      Beauchamp research interests include the ethics of human subjects research and the place of universal principles and rights in biomedical ethics. A member of the staff of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, he is also editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Animals.