Upcoming events Spring 2016- check back regularly for updates!

Spring Art Exhibit
The Execution of Troy Davis

January 19 - Ethics on the Stage "Disgraced"
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102
Synopsis: Disgraced tells the story of Amir Kapoor, a successful lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his Muslim roots. When Amir and his wife Emily host a dinner party, friendly conversation quickly explodes into something far deeper and more dangerous. A turbulent thrill ride, Disgraced examines an American identity far more complicated than any melting pot.

January 27 - Ethics and the Arts Artist Talk - The Execution of Troy Davis with Scott Langley
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102
Synopsis: The state of Georgia executed Troy Davis on September 21, 2011, despite serious doubts about his guilt.  The campaign to try to save Troy was a historic effort, led by Amnesty International and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

In the months and days leading up to Troy’s execution, Amnesty activists from around the world participated in solidarity events calling for clemency.  Cities such as New York, Paris, London, and Hong Kong held events for international days of action.  In Atlanta alone, over 4,000 people marched through the streets the week before Troy’s execution.  Over one million petitions were signed worldwide during this campaign, and tens-of-thousands of activists became involved in the work for death penalty abolition for the first time.

While the execution of Troy Davis was not stopped, a new movement for abolition was galvanized.  New activists were motivated to join the work.  Seasoned activists were reenergized to take up the struggle again. Brown, black and white -the world came together for the cause of human rights. politics of humanitarian depictions of displacement while equally drawing on regional styles of studio photography. By exploring how individuals navigate, manipulate and undermine visual clichés, this exhibition strives to question the value of the supposed ‘objective’ nature of photography - especially in spaces of humanitarian aid.

January 28 - "Curating Capitalism: Museum Ethics and the Smithsonian's American Enterprise Exhibition" with Kathleen Franz
Time: 4:00 -5:00 pm
Location: 290 PAIS, Emory University
Synopsis: The lecture will look at the recent development of the Smithsonian's “first” exhibition on the history of business at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) and how curators balanced museum ethics, museum policy, and the public presentation of business history. Dr. Kathleen Franz, curator at the NMAH, will place the exhibit in historical context and will address some of the contemporary debates about the role of public historians in the museum. 

Sponsored by Emory’s Department of Religion with additional support from the Emory Center for Ethics, the Goizueta Business School, and the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

February 1 - Ethics @ the Movies/ Disability <IN FOCUS> "Sound and Fury"
Time: 7pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102
Synopsis: Academy Award-nominated documentary Sound and Fury follows two American families as they grapple with the ethical, social, and economic implications of the cochlear implant.

Following the film, a discussion will be led by Emory English graduate student and DSI affiliate Rachel Kolb.

The film series is a collaboration between the Disability Studies Initiative, the Center for the Study of Human Health, and the Center for Ethics.

February 4 - Ethics on the Stage “Start Down” with the Alliance Theatre
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102
Synopsis: Inspired by his girlfriend’s high school teaching career and eager to create a cutting-edge product, software developer Will forms a company dedicated to making online tutorials tailored to individual student needs. It’s a brilliant idea until the program threatens some deeply held beliefs about the student/teacher relationship.

February 17 - Neuroethics in the News -  "Happiness is a Warm Electrode and Psychiatry’s Most Promising New Treatment is a Pacemaker for the Brain.
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 162

Lunch is provided and seating is limited. To secure your seat and your lunch, please RSVP by Friday, Feb 12, 2016 to

February 18 - Public Health, Religion, and Ethics: Guest Lecturer Jenny Trinitapoli (public lecture on religion and HIV)
Time: 4pm
Location: Lawrence P. and Ann Estes Klamon Room, 8th Floor
Claudia Nance Rollins Building   Rollins School of Public Health

Synopsis: Jenny Trinitapoli’s work bridges the fields of social demography and the sociology of religion. She has written extensively about the role of religion in the AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa. Since 2008 she has been the principal investigator of Tsogolo la Thanzi (TLT), an ongoing longitudinal study of young adults in Malawi, which asks how young adults negotiate relationships, sex, and childbearing in the midst of a severe AIDS epidemic. This work is locally staffed and is supported by grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

March 16 - Neuroethics in the News 
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 162

March 17 - Martha Montello Talk
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102

March 17-18 - HEC Annual Conference “Are we Hearing Our Patients Voices?”
Location: Evergreen Conference Center

March 21 - Ethics at the Movies
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102

April 2 - Doris Sommer Pre-Texts workshop cosponsored with Office of the Provost)
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102

April 6 - Maria Merritt Global Health Ethics Lecture
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102

April 13 - Melissa Creary Lecture
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102

April 19-20 - CREATE Business and Sustainability Conference

April 20 - Neuroethics in the News
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons Room 102

Fall 2015

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
RSVP required to

September 21: Healthcare Ethics Consortium Workshop
Time: 9am-4:30pm
Location: Emory University Center for Ethics, Rita Ann Rollins Building, Room 252
Register here

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.
The ad can be found here:

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

The Eventbrite link to RSVP is:

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

November 12: SAMS Film Screening
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Rita Ann Rollins Building Rm 252

November 17: Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News with Dr. Jordan Amado - Head Transplants: Making Science (Fiction)
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics Seminar 162

December 15: November 17: Neuroethics and Neuroscience in the News - Poverty and the Brain: Crack Baby Myths Revisited?
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 162Synopsis: This discussion will be facilitated by Emory developmental psychologist and professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics Dr. Claire Coles, one of the first researchers to debunk the crack baby theories

December 17: Clinical Ethics Seminar - Physician Denial and Child Sexual Abuse
Time: 5:00pm
Locations: Center for Ethics Seminar 162
Synopsis: Despite common agreement throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that gonorrhea was a sexually transmitted infection, doctors continued to argue that it generally was acquired innocently rather than sexually in children well into the latter decades of the twentieth century.  This seminar will explore the reasons why doctors ignored the overwhelming evidence that children with gonorrhea had been sexually abused.  Using pediatric gonorrhea as a case in point, we will discuss the scientific, social, professional, and cultural reasons that doctors ignored evidence of child sexual abuse.  We will also explore why this opinion was overturned in the 1970s and 1980s.  Taboo, denial, sexual behavior, and limitations of professional responsibility will be among the topics discussed.