Center for Ethics News and Updates

Visiting Fellow to receive France's highest academic honor

Anne-Elisabeth Courrier, PhD, visiting fellow in Artificial Intelligence, Law, and Ethics at the Center, is set for the bestowment of the French Order of the Academic Palms, rank of Knight, on June 7th.

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Machine Mind, Human Heart

Read Emory's News Magazine piece on our commitment to advancing humanity with ethical AI featuring the Center's Paul Root Wolpe and John Banja.

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Special Issue of Frontiers in Communication

Featuring Center for Ethics faculty and faculty fellows on Emory-Tibet Science Initiative.

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Wolpe video

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Center Events

March 9 and 10, 2022

Healthcare Ethics Consortium 2022 Annual Conference

Healthcare Ethics: Responding to Many Faces of Suffering

Location: Virtual Online



Our topic for 2022 is Healthcare Ethics in the Age of Mistrust and Uncertainty

CNEs and Social Worker CEUs will be available.

We are also asking speakers to allow us to record the sessions, so that conference registrants who are unable to attend the full days will be able to watch sessions for a period of time after the conference.

January 12, 2021 at 11:30 am ET

A Kidney Donor's Experience in Donating to a Stranger

Location: Virtual 
The Emory Center for Ethics Masters in bioethics partnered with the Emory Transplant Center, this presentation will allow Martha Gershun to tell her experience in volunteering to donate a kidney after reading a newspaper article about a woman who needed a transplant.
She and her friend John Lantos had many discussions about her decision and about some of the unexpected issues that arose during Martha's evaluation as possible donor. In this presentation, Martha will tell parts of her story and John will reflect on the history of bioethical controversies about kidney donation and allocation that may have shaped the current culture and preserved some archaic policies that may discourage donors and exacerbate disparities.
Hope to see you there! Join using this link information: https://bit.ly/3EhzdX0
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Meeting ID: 956 1088 4691
Passcode: 167165

December 15th, 2021 5:30pm 

Art & Social Justice Fellows Program End of Semester Project Showcase and Community Conversation

Location: In-Person & Virtual Online

Join The Emory Center for Ethics ASJ Fellows for their end of semseter project showcase and community conversation. Registration is required for in-person and virtual attendance, event is free for all. 

November 4th, 2021

2nd Annual James W. Fowler Annual Ethics Event

"Where Do We Go From Here: Restoring Jusdtice and Civil Discourse" 

Location: Virtual Online

Join The Emory Center for Ethics for the second annual James W. Fowler Ethics Event as we explore the best way forward in our individual and collective pursuit of social justice and civil discourse. Event is free, but requires registration.

November 2nd, 2021

Join us Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021 for a virtual conference brought to you by the French Consulate in Atlanta (USA), the Georgia Institute of Technology (USA), the Center for Ethics at Emory University (USA) and the University of Nantes (France), are organizing a workshop which, under the same title “The Ethical Management of AI”, suggests looking at the different regulatory initiatives undertook by the European Union and by the United States of America, to deal with the ethical risks raised by Artificial Intelligence (AI).

March 17 and 18, 2021

Healthcare Ethics Consortium 2021 Annual Conference

Healthcare Ethics: Responding to Many Faces of Suffering

Location: Virtual Online


In this challenging year, we want to make it possible for all interested in joining us for this timely discussion – we are offering a significantly reduced registration fee this year (see rates above). If fees are still a concern for you, please fill out a scholarship request here: https://form.jotform.com/210128488614153


Our topic for 2021 is Healthcare Ethics:  Responding to the Many Faces of Suffering, addressing suffering for patients, families and healthcare professionals. 

We welcome a wonderful group of speakers (see the link to the full schedule below). 

The opening panel, which will help us frame what Ethics offers in the midst of suffering, includes voices from disability, palliative care, ethics and theological ethics perspectives:  Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, PhD; Cory Labrecque, PhD; Tammie Quest, MD; and Nneka Sederstrom, PhD. Our keynote speaker for day 2 is Travis Rieder, PhD, Director of the MA in Bioethics program at John Hopkins and author of In Pain: A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle with Opioids. Other sessions will explore in-depth patient narratives such as a complex story regarding distress and suffering regarding potentially medically non-beneficial for the patient.

The conference will address both enduring issues in clinical ethics as well as the ways in which COVID-19 has challenged the caring landscape.

CNEs and Social Worker CEUs will be available.

We are also asking speakers to allow us to record the sessions, so that conference registrants who are unable to attend the full days will be able to watch sessions for a period of time after the conference.

November 9 and 10, 2020

Ethical Management of AI: A French-American Dialogue Virtual Symposium

8:45 am - 12:00 pm EST (Atlanta)
14h45 – 18h00 CET (France)

Location: Virtual Online


A French-American dialogue on AI & privacy, trust, and human oversight in health and well-being


Artificial intelligence (AI) models are now capable of collecting and analyzing enormously large datasets in ways that are challenging fundamental values embraced within Europe and the United States. Holding much promise in terms of increased productivity, efficiency, and quality time, AI programs and algorithms could function as an assistant, a peer, a manager, or even as a friend. Indeed, they might be so revolutionary that no one, regardless of whether they are consumers, citizens, patients, operators, or stakeholders, will remain unaffected.

The power of AI is such that it may jeopardize what it means to be human, whether people retain freedom of choice, and AI might reshape the relationship between humans and technology in society. The ethical issues emerging from AI are complex and quickly evolving. What follows is that identifying and implementing appropriate solutions can be difficult.

The approaches taken by France, the European Union and the United States to address these ethical issues are currently being defined and the governments are, in 2020, still considering options to maximize the potential of AI and big data while mitigating potential ethical harms.

This event is organized by the Georgia Institute of Technology, the Consulate General of France in Atlanta, the Emory University Center for Ethics, the Georgia Tech Ethics, Technology, and Human Interaction Center , the University of Nantes “Droit et Changement Social”(Law and Social Change) Research Center and DataSanté Research Program, SKEMA Business School, and French Tech Raleigh – Research Triangle, with the support of the Atlanta Office of the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France in the United States and the Office for Science and Technology of the Embassy of France in the United States.

October 29

Rothschild Lecture - Skin in the Game: American Jews, Whiteness, and the Contemporary Movement for Racial Justice

Time: 7:30 PM EST
Location: Live Online


The 12th Annual Rothschild Lecture, hosted by the Tam Institute for Jewish Studies, will feature a conversation between Eric K. Ward, Executive Director of the Western States Center and nationally-recognized expert on the relationship between authoritarian movements, hate violence, and preserving inclusive democracy, and TIJS Judith London Evans Director Eric Goldstein, author of The Price of Whiteness: Jews, Race, and American Identity.

Co-Sponsored by the Emory University: Department of Religion, Center for Ethics, Office of Spiritual & Religious Life, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Hightower Fund, Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry

October 26

"An Interview with Dr. Carol Anderson on Voter Suppression" 

Time:4 - 5 PM EST
Location: Live Online


"Voting is neither an obstacle course nor a privilage. It's a right."

Join us Monday, October 26 from 4 - 5 pm for a free digital engagement with Dr. Carol Anderson discussing voter suppression. Dr. Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression is Destroying Our Democracy.

Moderated by Dr. Carol Henderson, Chief Diversity Officer, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. 

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi: How to be an Antiracist
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4 to 5:00 pm
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Dr. Ibram Kendi is a National Book Award Winner, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. As a key voice in the conversation about race in America, Dr. Kendi asks each of us to address the systemic racial inequities and injustice in America by learning how to be an antiracist. At this special live webcast, Dr. Kendi will discuss what is required from us – self-awareness, self-criticism, self-examination – to lead to policy change and make the vision of a just society a shared reality.

We are privileged to have as our moderator DR. CAROL ANDERSON, the Charles Howard Candler Professor of African American Studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide, a New York Times Bestseller.

The Emory University Center for Ethics recognizes the power of this moment in time and the call to action. This program is the inaugural event honoring Dr. James W. Fowler, the first full-time director of the Center for Ethics, who lived a life of scholarship, faith, service, and moral courage. The James Fowler Ethics Fund was created to honor Jim’s vision and engage others in continuing the work of the Center for Ethics to ignite moral imagination and courage through vital scholarship, engagement, and programs that lead to change. We invite your support for programs like this through the James Fowler Ethics Fund.

In the true spirit of Dr. Fowler’s vision of a just and moral society, we are delighted that our sister institutions join us in advancing equity, justice, and inclusion and work with us to build and sustain diverse learning communities:

Agnes Scott College – The Gay Johnson McDougall Center for Global Diversity and Inclusion

Georgia State University - Office of the Provost

Georgia Tech – Institute Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Kennesaw State University – Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Mercer University – Office of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives


Emory University is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Emory's  COVID-19 page for the latest updates.

Center for Ethics faculty are hard at work, weighing in on ethics guidance, providing comments on moral and ethical issues, and speaking to leaders around the country. Visit our COVID-19 ethics resources page for more info.