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:

Fall 2020 Center Events

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.