POSTPONED: 25th Anniversary Film Series – “Written Off“ on April 28

Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Charles Theatre
1711 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21212

This event has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Information about a rescheduled date will be shared as soon as it is available.

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 second film in the series is “Written Off.” This is the opioid crisis as you’ve rarely seen it. Grippingly honest personal journals reveal the secrets one man worked so hard to conceal as an innocent prescription for painkillers leads to a 10-year struggle to escape opiates and the stigma that surrounds his addiction.

  • Panelists:
  • Molly Hermann, director and co-producer of Written Off
  • Hanna Pickard, Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Bioethics.
    Pickard specializes in philosophy of psychiatry, moral psychology and the ethics of addiction. As well as being an analytic philosopher, she worked for a decade at The Oxfordshire Complex Needs Service, an NHS specialist service for people with personality disorders and complex needs. Her research is interdisciplinary: she tends to explore philosophical questions that arise out of clinical practice and related science, often in connection with criminal and mental health law and policy.
  • Travis Rieder, Assistant Director for Education Initiatives, Director of the Master of Bioethics degree program and Research Scholar at the Berman Institute of Bioethics.
    An expert in ethical and policy issues surrounding America’s opioid epidemic, Dr. Rieder is author of the book In Pain: A Bioethicist’s Personal Struggle with Opioids, selected by NPR as one of the Best Books of 2019.