Leading bioethics scholars from around the world lecture on vital issues in the field at our biweekly Seminar Series. Lectures, held at lunchtime, are free and open to the public.

Past seminars are video recorded and posted on our YouTube channel.

2022-23 | 2021-22 | 2020-21 | 2019-20 | 2018-19


All seminars run from noon-1 p.m. and are held in person at the School of Public Health’s Feinstone Hall. Speakers and dates for Spring 2024 are confirmed; seminar topics will be updated as they become available. 

The Social Value Misconception in Clinical Research

By Jake Earl, PhD

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2/12/24 – POSTPONED
The Feb. 12 Seminar has been postponed. Information about a rescheduled date will be shared as soon as it is available. 

Jenny Reardon, PhD

Beneath the Sword of Damocles: Moral Obligations of Physicians in a post-Dobbs Landscape

By Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD

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Reconfiguring the ethical imagination in clinical practice and medical education
By Michelle Munyikwa, MD, Ph.D

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Catastrophe Ethics
by Travis Rieder, PhD

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CANCELED: J. David Velleman, PhD

Higher Risk Organs Donated bv Pigs and People: Informed Consent and Equity Challenges in Kidney Transplantation
By Peter Reese, MD, PhD

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Cost Containment: Protecting Vulnerable Elderly From Profiteering and Poor Quality Care
By Joan M. Teno, MD
Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture

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From Carceral Healthcare to Abolition Ethics: A Moral Obligation to Move Towards Justice
By Jennifer James, PhD

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By John Evans, PhD


Downgrading Docs: Medical Authority in Roe, Dobbs—and Beyond
By Marc Spindelman, JD


Artificial Intelligence and Ethics: Towards a Robust Normative Framework
By Matthew Liao, PhD

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Exploring the Black Box of Human Development: Scientific and Ethical Implications of Crossing the 14-Day Limit of Embryo Research
By Insoo Hyun, PhD

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Constructive (data) Trusts
by Jasmine E. McNealy, PhD

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“But Why Is That Better?”

By Vikki Entwistle, PhD

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Anti-Racist Bioethics, Structural Racism, and the Struggle for Hearts and Minds
By Yolonda Wilson, PhD

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Decolonizing Global Health: Do We Agree On What it Means?
By Matthew DeCamp, MD, PhD

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Becoming Good: Ethics of Early Intervention in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
By Iliana Singh, PhD

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Diversity as a Challenge to Designing Ethical Food Systems?
By Matthias Kaiser, D.Phil.

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Exploring Challenges in Vaccine Research through Challenging Cases
By Christine Grady, MSN, PhD

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Ethical decision-making and the deliberative process: the ‘ETHOX Approach’ revamped
By Mark Sheehan, PhD

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When Pregnancy is Punishment: Foreclosure of Abortion and the Traumas of Motherhood in Incarcerated Settings
By Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD

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Failure or Full Circle: 35 years of research in Advance Directives and Surrogate Decision Making……getting to the next level
By Laurie Badzek, LLM, JD, MS, RN, FNAP, FAAN

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Justice-Based Rationale for Imposing Limits on Research Risks
By Liza Dawson, PhD, MA

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A Metabolic Ethics for Metabolism Cage Research
By Anthony Ryan Hatch, PhD

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Imagine This: Aging Happily in America
By Tia Powell, MD


Think Again: Is Advance Care Planning Obsolete?
by James A. Tulsky, MD

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The Paradoxical Fragility of the Norms of Protection of Health Care in War by Len Rubenstein, JD

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Rage Renegades by Myisha Cherry, MDiv, PhD

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F-AI-rest of Them All by Marzyeh Ghassemi

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Disability and Health: A Complicated Relationship by Elizabeth Barnes, PhD

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The 2021 Revised ISSCR Guidelines for Stem Cell Research and Clinical Translation by Robin Lovell-Badge

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Strengthening Ethical Practice at the Frontline of Global Health Research: Reflections on Opportunities and Challenges by Sassy Molyneux and Dorcas Kamuya

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Ethics and International Food Assistance by Michelle Jurkovich, PhD, MA

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Older People and Demands of (Global) Social Justice by Sridhar Venkatapuram, MSc, MPhil, PhD, FRSA, Hon, FFPH

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Kidney to Share:  A living kidney donor’s experience and lessons learned about barriers and opportunities in kidney donation with Martha Gershun

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Diagnostic Ethics: Parameters for safe, ethical and socially just management of medically unexplained symptoms by Diane O’Leary, PhD

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Prognosis in Serious Neurological Disease: Opportunities and Challenges by Robert G. Holloway, MD, MPH
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The Ethics of Surrogate Decision-Making by David S. Wendler, PhD, MA

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When Bad Things Happen to Good Deeds: Moral Problems with Beneficence with Karen Stohr, PhD

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COVID-19, Public Health and Equity: How to reduce the disproportionate impact on disadvantaged communities
Q&A with Dr. Leana Wen
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Caesar Atuire, PhD
An African Philosophical Perspective on the Tension between Autonomy and Solidarity
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Hugo Slim, PhD
Humanitarian Ethics, the COVID Crisis and Black Lives Matter
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Ruha Benjamin, PhD
Viral Justice: Pandemics, Policing, and Public Bioethics

Susan Block, MD –Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture
Clinicians, COVID, and the Culture of Medicine
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Patricia Kingori, PhD
What Can a Focus on Fakes and Fakery Teach Us About Health?

Anji Wall, MD

Decision-Making, Perceptions and Experiences in Uterus Transplantation

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Peter A. Ubel, MD
Sick to Debt: Fixing Our High Out-of-Pocket Health Care System

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Jim Lavery, MSc, PhD
Fair Partnership as a Determinant of Effectiveness of Global Health Campaigns and Implications for Research Ethics

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Jack Bobo
Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before it Destroys It?

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Roland Griffiths, PhD
Psychedelic Science: Therapeutic Implications and Ethical Challenges

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Barbara J. Evans, PhD, JD, LLM
Rules for Robots and Why AI/ML Medical Software Breaks Them

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Gloria Ramsey, JD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Advance Care Planning in a Pandemic-Respecting Choices for Racially & Ethnically Diverse Communities

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Saad B. Omer, MBBS, MPH, PhD, FIDSA
Equitable Allocation of the Vaccine in an Unfair Pandemic

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5/10/2021, noon
Diversifying Precision Medicine: Reflections from the Trenches of Clinical Translational Genomics
Stephanie Malia Fullerton, DPhil

Join us on Zoom:  https://jh.zoom.us/j/95612821056?pwd=OE8rVVNvcFVpYmJ5R0gzMTd1ZHBwdz09
Passcode: Fullerton


Our Problem is Power
Olúfẹ́mi O. Táíwò, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University

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Applying Rigor to Data Collection in Machine Learning: Considerations in Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Ethics

Timnit Gebru, PhD
Technical co-lead of the Ethical Artificial Intelligence Team

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Can the Researcher-Participant Relationship Ground Ancillary-Care Obligations?

Henry Richardson, JD, MPP, PhD

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Moral Distress: A Time for Hope?
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Alisa L. Carse, PhD
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Faculty Affiliate
Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Identifying and Assessing Barriers to Equitable Postpartum Sterilization
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Kavita Shah Arora, MD, MBE, MS
Assistant Professor of Reproductive Biology and Bioethics
Case Western Reserve University
Practicing general obstetrician/gynecologist, MetroHealth Medical Center

Recovering Inside? Ethical and Policy Challenges in Correctional Behavioral Health Care
Dominic Sisti, PhD
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Director, Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Health Care
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
University of Pennsylvania

Healthcare Architecture: A Moral Imperative

Diana Anderson, MD, ACHA
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Healthcare Architect
Geriatric Medicine Fellow
University of California, San Francisco


Reading and Moderated Conversation with Dani Shaprio, author of the NYT best selling memoir “Inheritance”
Berman Institute 25th Anniversary event, with Ruth Faden


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Face On or Off: Face Transplants and the Resistance to Categorization
Sharrona Pearl, PhD
Associate Professor of Medical Ethics
Drexel University

Ethical Principles in Action: Palliative Care and People Living with Serious Illness
Diane Meier, MD, FACP, FAAHPM
Director, Center to Advance Palliative Care
Co-director, Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center
Professor, Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
Catherine Gaisman Professor of Medical Ethics, Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai

Engaging Communities to Improve Comprehension of Informed Consent for Genomics Research
Clement A. Adebamowo, BM, ChB, ScD, FWACS, FACS
Professor, Dept. of Epidemiology and Public Health
Associate Director (Population Science Program) and Director Global Health Cancer Research, Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center


Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter
Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH
Adjunct Lecturer on Global Health and Population, Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health
Faculty, Dept. of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School

Incidental Enhancements: The Challenge of Prevention for Human Gene Editing Governance

Eric T. Juengst, PhD
Professor in the Department of Social Medicine and the Department of Genetics
Director, UNC Center for Bioethics
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill


Surrogate Decision Making in the Internet Age

Jessica Berg, JD, MPH
Dean and Tom J.E. and Bette Lou Walker Professor of Law
Professor of Bioethics & Public Health
Case Western Reserve University


September 24, 2018.
Jonathan Moreno, PhD
“Bioethics is Advocacy: Is That So Wrong?”

October 8, 2018
Travis Rieder, PhD
“Bioethics, Pain Medicine, and America’s Opioid Crisis”

October 29, 2018
Matteo Bonotti, PhD
“Opportunity Pluralism and Children’s Health”

November 12, 2018
Peter Buxtun
“Marked Men: In Case You Didn’t Know about Tuskegee”

February 11, 2019
Alex John London, PhD
“Ethical and Regulatory Issues With Autonomous Vehicles”

March 11, 2019
David S. Jones, MD, PhD

March 25, 2019
Marion Danis, MD
“Engaging the Public in Setting Health Care Priorities”

April 8, 2019
Brian Carter, MD
Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture: “Insights from patienthood: A pediatrician and bioethicist’s reflections on pediatric palliative care”

April 22, 2019
Effy Vayena, PhD
“Digital Health Ethics: The Systemic Oversight Approach”

May 13, 2019
Holly Fernandez Lynch, JD, MBE
“Evaluating IRB Quality and Effectiveness”
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