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


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 and COVID-19
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Ruha Benjamin, PhD
Viral Justice: Pandemics, Policing, and Public Bioethics
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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?
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Anji Wall, MD
Decision-Making, Perceptions and Experiences in Uterus Transplantation
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Peter A. Ubel, MD
TBA Title
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Jim Lavery, MSc, PhD
TBA Title
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Jack Bobo
Can Agriculture Save the Planet Before it Destroys It?
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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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