Center for Ethics News and Updates

Register Now for the Annual James W. Fowler Ethics Event

Register now for one of our most popular event series honoring the work and memory of Dr. James W. Fowler. This year's event: Ethics and Equity Dialogue: What is Community? With and For Whom Do We Struggle for Justice?

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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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Ethics is crucial to every professional field, and the Center for Ethics has programs in many disciplines.

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Center Events

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.

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

Please note: the panel discussion webinar will not include a viewing of the film, but registrants will have access to view the film online on their own two weeks before and two weeks after the webinar. 


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.

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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 ethics@emory.edu 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 gpb.org/community 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

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

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.

For IN-PERSON REGISTRATION: Fowler22.eventbrite.com

For VIRTUAL REGISTRATION: Fowler22virtual.eventbrite.com

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.

Mark Your Calendrs! 2023 HEC Annual Conference, March 8th-9th, 2023

This will be a hybrid event: in person or virtual attendance.

A Call to Action: Ethics Efffectiveness in a Rapidly Shifting Healthcare Landscape

Topics will include:

Reproductive Health post-Dobbs vs. Jackson

Ethical Response in Conflict and Workplace Violence

New Technologies/Artificial Intelligence and Shifting Healthcare Roles

When is Ethics Effective? Working with Multidisciplinary Teams

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).


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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.