Seminar Series

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.

2019-20 | 2018-19

Upcoming Seminars

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

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

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

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
Member, Institute of Human Virology
Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health
Center for Research on Aging, and Program in Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine

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

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

Healthcare Architecture: A Moral Imperative

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

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

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

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

Can agriculture save the planet before it destroys it?
Jack A. Bobo


Lisa S. Parker, PhD
Professor and Director, Center for Bioethics & Health Law
University of Pittsburgh

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


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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