Friday, March 16, 2007

Center for Ethics, Emory University

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Ethics Calendar Updates

Mar. 22, 11:30am-1:30pm, Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center, Emory University

His Holiness the Dalai Lama's View on Compassion as a Foundation for Secular Ethics
The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning invites you to a luncheon and presentation by Geshe Thupten Jinpa,Tibetan Author and Translator. To attend this event, please fill out the RSVP form by Monday, March 19, 2007. Positive replies only, please.

Mar. 22, 4:00pm-5:00pm, Room 100C, Dental School Building (1462 Clifton Rd, Atlanta)

Ethical Decision Making in Pediatric Clinical Trials (Clinical Ethics Seminar)
Ray Barfield
M.D., Ph.D., Division of Bone Marrow Transplantation at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, TN presenting.

Mar. 23-24, All Day, Emory Conference Center Hotel (1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta)

Multiculturalism: Understanding Diverse Cultures, Relationships & Traditions (10th Annual Black Herstory Conference)
The Tenth Annual National Black Herstory Conference and Awards Banquet will provide platforms for the examination of diverse cultures, relationships and traditions of within the African Diaspora.

Mar. 23-24, All Day, Tull Auditorium, Gambrell Hall, Emory Law School

World Law & Health Conference: Especially Health of Women in Least Developed & Developing Countries
The World Law Institute (WLI) of Emory University is pleased to announce that it will bring together leaders from several countries as part of its inaugural conference on World Law and World Health. Among the featured speakers are: former U.S. President Jimmy Carter (via videotape); former president of Ireland Mary Robinson (via videotape); former president of Hungary Ferenc Madl; and Navanethem Pillay, judge of the International Criminal Court. These speakers and more than 40 outstanding panelists will address issues of world health, including the role of both civil society and of government as sources of emerging norms of world healthcare law.

Mar. 28, 7:00pm, Cannon Chapel, Emory University

Women in Theology and Ministry’s Week, “The Art of Justice”
Co-sponsored with Candler Women, the keynote speaker will be Dr. Bernice Johnson Reagon who founded Sweet Honey in the Rock – the internationally acclaimed African American woman a cappella ensemble. Dr. Reagon has been a major cultural voice for freedom and justice; singing, teaching—speaking out against racism and organized inequities of all kinds. Reagon’s life and work support the concept of community based culture with an enlarged capacity for mutual respect: for self, for those who move among us who seem to be different than us, respect and care for our home, the environment, including the planet that sustains life as we know it.

Mar. 29-30, All Day, Emory Conference Center Hotel (1615 Clifton Road, Atlanta)

The Odyssey of the Difficult Case: Navigating Ethical Complexity
Ethics Committee members and the bioethics literature challenge us to address the ways in which we can better analyze, make recommendations, and help providers and families face the truly complex and messy decisions that continue to plague today’s health care settings. This conference gives participants the opportunity to examine difficult decision making within a rich milieu of principle-driven issues and features a theatrical presentation, small group sessions, case studies, and plenary presentations. National bioethics experts Mildred Solomon and John Lantos, joined by local bioethicists and clinicians, will help us to wade through the complexity of illustrative cases, chart a map to address ethical decision making, and navigate to resolution. This conference is particularly suited to the following types of professionals: bioethics committee members, researchers, physicians, nurses, social workers, case managers, health care leaders, spiritual leaders, health law attorneys, and risk managers. Continuing education hours are available from various professional organizations, as are a limited number of student scholarships for the event itself. See for more information.

Pandemic Flu Ethical Guidelines Announced

The CDC has just published ethical guidelines for pandemic flu response planning. Kathy Kinlaw served on the committee that created this document.

Medical Errors and Medical Narcissism…2 Years Later

John Banja looks back on his recently published book and responses to its message.

The Ethically Engaged University Abroad

For two and a half days, May 16-18, the Center for Ethics at Emory University will bring together faculty, researchers, and administrators from across the university to begin discussing the ethical concerns that must be addressed as Emory increases its commitment to internationalization. Faculty and administrators interested in participating should contact Edward Queen ( All participants will receive a modest stipend.

Mine Your Own Business: a film review

Carlton Mackey takes on the ethical questions raised in and by this documentary film about economic justice and the environment.

Neuroethics: Mind over Matter?

Christian Vercler, a clinical ethics fellow at the Center, highlights the key question in neuroethics: do we have free will?

Notes from the Interim Director: Celebration & Reflection

Kathy Kinlaw reflects on the past year at the Center.

Nursing Students Celebrate Professional Values

Karen Trotochaud, RN, discusses the ethically-engaged commencement ceremony held for nursing students at Emory.

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