Summer 2020

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

Racial Health Disparities and COVID-19: Two Pandemics? 
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
4 to 5:30 pm
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Longstanding inequity in healthcare access and the influence of social determinants of health have become increasingly visible during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Particular racial and ethnic groups are disproportionately affected by COVID-19 and the emerging racial disparity in rates of diagnosis and dying is startling.  Obtaining accurate, publicly available data on the prevalence of COVID-19 diagnosis, hospitalizations, ICU admissions, and deaths by race and ethnicity has been challenging.   Concern about availability of intensive care resources raises questions about fair allocation processes against the backdrop of health disparities and systemic racism.   In this continually evolving pandemic, what steps can we take now to deeply recognize and address disparity and to sustain action in the future?


  • James “Eddie” Black, MD, Medical Director of Emergency Services, Phoebe Putney Health System, Albany, Georgia
  • Nicole Franks, MD, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Emory and Chief Quality Officer, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • Shivani Patel, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory
  • Nneka O. Sederstrom, PhD, MPH, MA, FCCP, FCCM, Director, Clinical Ethics Department, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
This is the second webinar in our “Post”-COVID-19 & Ethics Webinar Series, with the Healthcare Ethics Consortium.

Please join us for the Healthcare Ethics Consortium’s “Post”-COVID-19 & Ethics webinar series:

Ethics as a Resource During a Continually Evolving Public Health Emergency
Tuesday, July 7, 4:00 to 5:30

The last few months have presented many challenges as transmission of COVID-19 affected individual patients, families, healthcare providers, healthcare systems, and our communities at large. Healthcare providers have many stories to share addressing provision of care for increasing numbers of extremely ill patients, limitations on visitors, expansion of ICU bed availability, PPE access, an ever-evolving understanding of the virus, dedicated and weary staff, critical care resources, and more. Ethics has been, and continues to be, a resource in decision making around resource allocation processes, effective and transparent communication, provider safety in providing treatment, healthcare equity, and more.

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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

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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.