Fall 2022 Events

Virtual Panel Discussion: 

Thursday, September 15, 2022
3:00–4:00pm EDT

IEEE Brain and the International Neuroethics Society are holding a 1-hour panel discussion on the award-winning documentary, ‘The Father of the Cyborgs’ at 3:00pm EDT on September 15, 2022. The discussion will explore the various technological and ethical issues raised in the film and address questions submitted by participants.

Before the virtual panel, you can watch this fascinating film about a troubled pioneer of brain computer interfaces who ended up having a chip implanted in his own brain, and hear an expert panel, including Paul Root Wolpe (who is in the film!) discuss Dr. Kennedy and his work. 

“The film presents a portrait of Dr. Phil Kennedy, a brilliant yet divisive figure who made global headlines in the 1990s for implanting wire electrodes in the brain of a paralyzed man and, more recently, for traveling to South America to have electrodes implanted inside his own brain in order to continue his research.”

Panelists include:

  • Paul Root Wolpe, Emory University
  • Amy Orsborn, University of Washington
  • Nathan Copeland, Brain Computer Interface User and Neurotechnology Consultant
  • Moderator: Anna Wexler, University of Pennsylvania


Register to get access to watch the film and to get a link to attend the online panel discussion on September 15, 2022 at 3:00pm EDT. There is no cost to register.

All registered participants will get an email two weeks before the webinar with a link and password to watch the film online for free on Vimeo. The panel discussion will be a live webinar held virtually via Zoom. You will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link when you register.

For more information and registration go to:

The Alliance Theatre is partnering with the Emory Center for Ethics to present a series of post-show dialogues after select performances of EVERYBODY.

Hosted by Atlanta-based comics David Perdue, Lace Larrabee, and Katherine Blanford, each dialogue invites a guest philosopher to talk about the meaning of life, our relationship to death, and everything in-between.  

Join us at the North Alcove Bar for some seriously funny conversation with theologians and interfaith leaders, ethicists and philosophers, therapists and love gurus.

The drinking is optional. The laughing is not.  

Please click here for times and dates of the selected shows.

You can read Carlton Mackey's brilliant response to the play here.

About the play: Everybody is a happy person, a free person, a person who believes nothing but the best lies ahead. Then Death comes calling, and Everybody must go on a journey to find what has had lasting significance in his lifetime. EVERYBODY is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and co-directed by Susan V. Booth and Tinashe Kajese-Bolden.

Recommended for audiences aged 14 years and up.

Fall 2022 Series: AI Ethics Faculty Interest Group Brown Bag Series

Location: Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Drive, Room 162

Noon - 1 pm, Multiple Dates

Wed, Sept. 21, John Banja, PhD - Machine Learning Models and Health Disparities: Ethical Challenges and Recommendations at Their Points of Intersection.

Wed. Oct. 19, HOLD THE DATE, Speaker TBA

Wed. Nov. 16, Dr. Judy Gichoya, Ethical Issues Raised by the Discovery of Collateral Information from Images

Wed. Dec. 7, Dr. Jinho Choi, Topic TBA

Please email with any questions.

Sept. 28, 2022, 7:00 pm

Join us for a screening and discussion of the film The U.S. and the Holocaust, a film by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick & Sarah Botstein. Moderated by Dr. Edward Queen, Emory Center for Ethics. Visit to reserve your seat.


Justin Howell, International Rescue Committee
Adina Langer, Museum of History and Holocaust Education
Sally Levine, Georgia Commission on the Holocaust
Dov Wilker, American Jewish Committee


Dr. Edward Queen, Emory Center for Ethics
Location: Georgia Public Broadcasting
260 14th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6:15 pm Arrival, 6:30 pm Doors Closed and Program Begins

Register Now for one of our most popular event series honoring the work and memory of Dr. James W. Fowler, the first full-time director of the Emory University Center for Ethics.

Ethics and Equity Dialogue: What is Community? With and For Whom Do We Struggle for Justice?

This year we encourage your engagement - whether you live in Atlanta, Los Angeles, or Seoul. Partnering with Out of Hand Theater, the Ethics and Equity Dialogue leads us to explore the how we understand community as well as potential tensions between different parts of our identities. The event will feature an original, short play by playwright Amina McIntyre, a panel discussion, and facilitated, small-group conversation, over dinner. 

This will be a “hybrid” event.  We plan to welcome some of our participants in person on the Emory campus for the evening, and others will join us virtually. For those joining remotely, we hope you will consider hosting your own dialogue group, perhaps around dinner.  

Note: We will provide facilitator guides supporting meaningfully participation in the discussion of community and justice.

In-Person Event Registration:

Virtual Event Registration:

The Ethics and Equity Dialogue is based on the model of Out of Hand's Equitable Dinners. Winner of The New York Times Best Theater of 2020 and the Governor's Award for the Arts and Humanities 2021, Out of Hand Theater combines art with information and conversation to advance social justice.

The SIMU-VACTION project is organized under the auspices of France-Atlanta 2022. It is an opportunity for 40 university students from across the world to actively engage, practice, and contribute to the ethical development of AI. Students, coming from different fields, universities, backgrounds, and countries will train for 6-8 weeks through a common course in which they will receive the support of professional partners.

Would you like to experience being a Head of State, Journalist, or Lobbyist? Do you want to see how YOU can impact negotiations? Would you like to draft an international level recommendation on important policy?  If so, join us for this exercise replicating a meeting of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence’s (GPAI)be ready to truly invest in your role and stand for the position of your stakeholders ! 

After attending zoom conferences (Sept 15- Oct 15), preparing the roles they are assigned, the students will meet in-person in Atlanta for two days of training on negotiation and the D-DAY!  they have to advance the position of the entity they represent and to successfully create an agreement that illustrates the interest of all parties involved.

The project fuses young minds, the world of academia, the private and non-profit sectors, as well as the community organizations engaged in issues of health disparity. It provides an opportunity for all actors to meet, discuss, and act around a common goal and project. 

Spring 2020 Center Events

April 15
"When Resources Are Limited, What Would an Ethicist Do?" 
Exclusive Webinar 

Dr. Paul Root Wolpe, director of the Ethics Center and president of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, and Kathy Kinlaw, associate director of the Ethics Center and chief clinical ethicist at Emory, will discuss the unique ethical challenges of triage, ventilator allocation, DNR orders, and other difficult decisions related to treatment of COVID-19, and how hospitals locally and across the nation are handling these challenges.

In an exclusive interview, Wolpe and Kinlaw will share information that is important to all of us as we negotiate the difficult decisions of this ongoing pandemic.

Moderated by John Banja, medical ethicist, Ethics Center for and professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.

February 12
"Bullets and Nooses: Artist Conversation"

Time: Noon–1:00 p.m.
Location: Ethics and the Arts Gallery, Ethics Center, 1531 Dickey Drive


Join us and artist Derrick Phillips Sr. for a conversation about his exhibit. Bullets and Nooses addresses the parallels between gun violence/police shootings and lynching. The two acts of brutality are essentially the same, just taking place in different periods within American history. During this event, Phillips will speak about this exhibit, the parallels he draws, and the nature of his work. Audience questions and engagement is welcome.

January 23
Clinical Ethics Seminar
"The Community Resiliency Model: A Way to Nurture Self- and Other-Compassion"

Time: 4:00–5:00 p.m.
Location: Ethics Center, 1531 Dickey Drive, Room 162

Register for free

Speaker: Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
The Community Resiliency Model (CRM) is an innovative, mental-wellness intervention originally developed as a psychological first-aid tool in disaster situations. CRM has evolved into a simple set of self-care skills that can be readily practiced by anyone. CRM targets autonomic nervous system regulation through an awareness of sensation in the body.  We will describe the biology of our reactions to stress and trauma, and practice skills to track sensations connected to well-being or resilience. CRM’s free app “ichill” can be downloaded on a smartphone. 

Dr. Grabbe is a family nurse practitioner, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, and faculty at Emory's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She provides CRM trainings to a variety of audiences—providers of health care/social services, incarcerated women and youth, public safety officers, and first responders.

Spring 2021 Center Events


Join us April 22nd from 4 - 5:30 pm EST for "Viral Justice: Racism, Vulnerability, and Refuting Black Pathology" a talk by author and speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin. In this talk, Dr. Benjamin examines the twin crises of COVID-19 and police violence, mapping the many vectors through which racism gets under the skin, into the blood stream, attacking our bodies and body politic. She offers a theory of change, viral justice – as a practical and principled approach to transmuting a hostile racial climate into one that is more habitable, hopeful, and just.


Dr. Benjamin is a world-renowned scholar and professor of African American studies at Princeton University and the director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab. She writes, teaches, and speaks widely on the relationship between innovation and inequity; knowledge and power; and race and citizenship. She is the author of People's Science: Bodies & Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press, 2013) and Race After Technology (Polity Press, 2019) and the editor of the award-winning Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life (Duke University Press, 2019). Her next book, Viral Justice: How We Grow the World We Want will explore policing and incarceration; healthcare and scientific research; and work and education.


This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please go to to register or use the QR code on the flyer.


Please direct any questions or access needs to Dr. Jennifer Sarrett at


This event is hosted by Emory's Center for the Study of Human Health and co-sponsored by The Hightower Fund as well as the following Emory departments and entities: Laney Graduate School; The Provost's Office; School of Medicine; Office of Equity and Inclusion; Center for the Study of Human Health; Campus Life; African American Studies; Sociology; School of Nursing; Center for Ethics; ILA; Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture; James Weldon Johnson Institute; WGSS; Anthropology

March 17-18, 2021

Healthcare Ethics Consortium 2021 Annual Conference

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:


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.


Bigger Than A Home Run: The Life and Legacy of Henry "HankAaron"

In recognition of Black History Month and in the memory of a great moral exemplar, the Emory University Center for Ethics presents “Bigger than a Home Run: The Life and Legacy of Henry “Hank” Aaron.” Join us for a conversation with some of Atlanta’s community leaders about the professional, personal, and community legacy of the man who Dusty Baker called, “ . . the truest, most honest person that I ever knew.”


Link for registration: