Upcoming events Spring 2017- check back regularly for updates!

March 14: "Living the Plant-Strong Life" Public talk by Rip Esselstyn
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Candler School of Theology (RARB), Room 252

Rip Esselstyn is a former firefighter and world premier triathlete. He introduced his passion for a whole-foods, plant-based diet to Austin's Engine 2 Firehouse, and then more broadly through his bestselling books, The Engine 2 Diet and Plant-Strong. Currently Rip is a Healthy Eating Partner with Whole Foods Market, promoting the connection between a plant-based diet and good health.

This event is hosted by the CFDE as part of the university course “Eating Ethics.” Open to the public. All are welcome.

March 15: Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News "Ethics of Virtual Reality in Medicine"
Time: 2:30 PM
Location: Emory Center for Ethics 162

Join us for our next Neuroethics and Neuroscience to discuss the headline, “Not Just Games – How Virtual Reality Will Heal and Teach in 2017 and Beyond”.
The topic of discussion—The ethics of using virtual reality in medicine.
This discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Barbara Rothbaum from Emory’s Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is also director of Emory’s Veteran’s Program and director of the Trauma & Anxiety Recovery Program.

March 21: Southwest Airlines Art and Social Engagement Project Unveiling
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: The Temple | 1589 Peachtree St, NE Atlanta, GA


Thanks to a partnership with Southwest Airlines, Emory University students have the opportunity to work directly with local artists and community groups in Atlanta to learn about ethically engaged art and improve the city around them.

In 2016 the students explored the role of film and media in addressing major social issues. Class sessions first push students to engage with the topic of art and social engagement. Students then pair off into teams to work with local artists and nonprofits, producing films, blogs, websites, and other forms of media.

This year’s students have produced two short documentaries and a photography exhibit. Join us as we unveil their hard work to the world. We will view "The Temple Bombing" and “The Urban Health Initiative” documentaries and display the Global Growers photography project called "Reframing Refugees."

March 22: “A New Frontier in Brain Injury and Neuroethics: When Rights Come to Mind” with  Dr. Joseph Fins
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: Rollins School of Public Health |Rita Anne Rollins Room, 8th Floor

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Dr. Fins will consider emerging neurotechnologies that can serve as diagnostic tools and therapeutic assistive devices for patients with disorders of consciousness. He will review how neuroimaging and modalities like deep brain stimulation (DBS) can be used as neuroprosthetics to restore functional communication, as well as share his first-hand analysis of his role in the first DBS in MCS trial (Nature, 2007). Drawing upon interviews with over 50 families, Dr. Fins will contrast these scientific advances with the marginalization of minimally conscious patients by the health care system. Dr. Fins will conclude by articulating a disability/human rights agenda for these patients.

March 22: “Eating Animals: Ethics and Innovation”
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Emory Center for Ethics Commons 102

This interactive panel conversation on the ethics of consuming animals blends perspectives from academic, activist and corporate responsibility experts. Come listen and participate!

March 23 & 24 - Healthcare Ethics Consortium Annual Conference
Location: Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Center Resort
Stone Mountain Park

Illness and injury may lead to abrupt change or slowly shifting understanding of who patients and families see themselves and the healthcare decisions they face. Healthcare team members “meeting” patients and families in illness or injury may also find that we are changed in the course of caring and confronting challenging decisions in complex patient stories.
Confronting difficult ethical questions as health changes is a challenge along the continuum of care –
•          for children and parents,
•          persons living with chronic illness,
•          those with new diagnoses or injuries,
•          individuals what are aging, and
•          those dealing with decline and end of life care decisions.
What is our responsibility to patients and families in understanding the patient’s experience?
How do we proceed when not all agree about what is a reasonable treatment course or pathway forward?  

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