Upcoming events Fall 2015- check back regularly for updates!

Fall Art Exhibit and Artist in Residence: No Papers, No Fear: The Undocumented Student Movement in the U.S. South by Laura Emiko Soltis

August 22: New Student Orientation and Expo
Time: 11am
Location: WoodPec

August 24: Master of Arts in Bioethics Orientation

August 25: Ethics on the Stage - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102
Synopsis: Ethics on Stage: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest August 25, 2015 Join us at the Emory Center for Ethics for an exciting discussion on the ethical issues presented in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  A partnership between the Emory University Ethics & the Arts program and the Alliance Theatre that brings performers and the community together to explore the ethical and social implications of theatrical productions through moderated public dialogue.  This event is free and open to the public. 

August 27: Clinical Ethics Seminar
When Patients' and Surrogate Decision-Makers' Values Collide: Limits to Life Sustaining Treatment post Catastrophic Neurologic Injury or Other Irreversible Illness
Speaker: Kari Esbensen, MD, PhD
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics 162
Synopsis: We are often faced with the challenge of caring for patients when their families or other surrogate decision-makers choose NOT to honor the patient’s prior requests (whether outlined in Advance Directives or simply previously expressed) to discontinue life-sustaining therapies in the event of a catastrophic neurologic injury or other irreversible illness. In such cases, we ask surrogates to speak on behalf of the patient – NOT in keeping with the surrogates' OWN priorities or values, but rather in keeping with what the PATIENT would have chosen if he/she were in a position to express his/her own treatment preferences. 

What happens when this typical struggle is turned on its head?  What should we do when the patient had previously requested life-sustaining therapies indefinitely, but the caregivers now struggle to honor this wish, in constant tension with their own assessment that such care is futile and simply prolonging suffering?  What, if any, limits are there to the obligation to respect patient autonomy in such cases?

September 11: The Sacred Mundane - A Conference on Religion and Ecology
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Location: Emory Center for Ethics

Synopsis: Hosted by the Center for Ethics and the Emory CREATE Program, The Sacred Mundane proudly showcases Emory scholarship on religion and ecology. This conference brings together professors and doctoral students who will identify resources and obstacles that shape or stand in the way of religious commitment to care for the earth and sustainable living.
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September 15: Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News - Dr. Eric Schumacher Celebrity Mind Games and Memory
Time: 12pm
Location: Emory Center for Ethics 162
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September 21: Healthcare Ethics Consortium Workshop
Time: 9am-4:30pm
Location: Emory University Center for Ethics, Rita Ann Rollins Building, Room 252
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Description: This interactive workshop will address many facets of clinical ethics case consultation, discuss the current status of the national move toward certification for ethics consultants, and provide practice opportunities with case consultations involving standardized patients. In addition, several ethics consultants will share their experiences in providing consultation. 

Through involvement in cases, participants will further their ability to identify ethical issues; describe skills and areas of knowledge important to the consult process; analyze cases using different models for ethics case consultation; describe how the narrative influences the course of consultation; determine practices that lead to shared goals in decision making; utilize ethical concepts in a mock ethics consultation.

This is a full, intensive day with many opportunities to put ethics consultation skills into practice.

September 29: Elizabeth Heitman“Research Integrity as a Framework for Teaching Ethics in Global Health”
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Rollins School of Public Health Room 860 (Rita Anne Rollins Room)/8th Floor--Grace Crum Rollins Building

September 29: Disability in <Focus> - The Imitation Game
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Emory Center for Ethics 102
Details: Post-Film discussion led by Paul Kelleher, PhD, and Jennifer Sarrett, PhD. Health food options and drinks provided.
Access: For ADA accommodation requests, please contact Access, Disability Services and Resources at 404-727-9877 (voice) or 404-712-2049 (TDD).
Co-Sponsors: The spring film series is co-sponsored by the Ethics & the Arts Program and the Center for the Study of Human Health's Health Screenings

October 1: Rita Charon - Narrative Ethics: Reading, Writing, Reading
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Rita Anne Rollins Room, Grace Crum Rollins Building School of Public Health -1518 Clifton Road, 8th Floor

Synopsis: This workshop will present the importance of creative work in the clinical practice of the clinician or bioethicist. First I will present some of the narratological theories of close reading and aesthetic theories of creative writing. We will join in close reading of one or two clinical texts and literary texts, creative writing in the context of those texts, and then reading to one another what we’ve written. This process demonstrates the contributions made by all stages of this process for the clinicians, the ethicists, and the patients involved.

October 9-10: The Mark and Barbara Klein Mind-Body Conference Series
Controversial labels and clinical uncertainties: psychogenic disorders, conversion disorder, and functional symptoms

Synopsis: This consensus conference brings together distinguished thought leaders and practitioners (ethicists, researchers, clinicians, humanities scholars, and advocates) to discuss the unique challenges and controversies related to the diagnosis, treatment, and stigma for patients with functional (“psychogenic”) disorders.

*NOTE - The closed consensus conference will be held on Oct 9-10 at the Emory Center for Ethics. The public component will be held at Manuel’s Tavern on the evening of Oct 9.
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October 14-15: Race with Jewish Ethics Symposium

October 14: The Seventh Annual Rabbi Jacob M. Rothschild Memorial Lecture featuring SUSANNAH HESCHEL
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Oxford Presentation Auditorium
311 Oxford Road Building
1390 Oxford Road; Atlanta 30307

October 27: Art and Social Engagment Projects Unveiling
Time: 6:30pm
Location: Woodruff Arts Center

Synopsis:What is socially engaged art?  What role can and should artists play in addressing pressing social and political issues?  How does art inform and transform people?  Come see how a partnership of Emory College students, Atlanta artists, and local nonprofits answered those questions.

For the past two years the Emory University Center for Ethics with the financial support of Southwest Airlines has conducted the Art and Social Engagement project.  In collaboration with WonderRoot it brought Emory students together with Atlanta-area artists and nonprofits to conceptualize, develop, and produce public art around the mission of those organizations.

On October 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the Woodruff Arts Center we officially will be unveiling the result of those collaborations from this year.  Please join us as we celebrate the work of the artists, students, and nonprofits.  Listen to their stories and chat with them as they answer your questions about their missions, the process of working in collaboration, and the art pieces themselves.

October 28: Religion, Ethics, and Abortion: Values Clarification and Attitudes Transformation Workshop
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Emory Center for Ethics Commons 102
Pizza and Drinks provided

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Join ERHA and the Religion and Public Health Collaborative for a Values Clarification and Attitudes Transformation (VCAT) workshop.
Ipas designed VCAT workshops in order to help individuals “examine their personal values, attitudes and actions related to abortion and the harmful consequences of stigmatizing abortion and restricting service delivery and access to care. The aim is to uphold all women’s sexual and reproductive rights by facilitating provision of and access to comprehensive abortion care "(Turner and Chapman Page 2008).

October 30: Zombethics 2015: “Really Most Sincerely Dead: Zombies, Vampires, and Ghosts, Oh My!”
Time: 9:00am - 2:30pm
Location:Emory Center for Ethics Commons 102