2019 - 2020 Academic Year:


January 23
Clinical Ethics Seminar - The Community Resiliency Model—a Way to Nurture Self- and Other-Compassion 

Time: 4 -5 PM
Location: Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Dr., Room 162
Register for free

Speaker: Linda Grabbe, PhD, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Info: 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 wellbeing 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 University’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing. She provides Community Resilience Model trainings to a variety of audiences--providers of healthcare/social services, incarcerated women and youth, public safety officers, and first responders.

February 12
Bullets & Nooses: Artist Conversation

Time: 12 - 1 PM
Location: Ethics & the Arts Gallery, Center for Ethics 1531 Dickey Dr.
Register here

Join us and artist Derrick Phillips Sr. for a conversation about his exhibit. "Bullets & 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 Sr. will speak about this exhibit, the parallels he draws, and the nature of his work. Audience questions and engagement will be welcomed and encouraged.

February 20
Jared Diamond: Upheaval

Time: 7:30pm
Location: Emory University,
Woodruff Health Sciences Administration Building (WHSCAB) Auditorium
Seating is limited. RSVP here to guarantee a spot.

Join us as we welcome American geographer, historian, anthropologist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond to Emory University to discuss his book Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis. In Upheaval, the third book in his trilogy, he reveals how successful nations recover from crises while adopting selective changes - a coping mechanism more commonly associated with individuals recovering from personal crises. Incredibly timely, with our own country in a state of flux, Diamond will talk through examples and engage in Q&A.

February 24
Faculty Spotlight feat. Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Time: 4:15 PM
Location: Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Dr., Common Room

The Emory English Department and Disability Studies Initiative will be showcasing Dr. Rosemarie Garland-Thomson's current research and publish scholarship at the intersection of humanistic disability studies and bioethics. Dr. Garland-Thomson, a current Master of Arts in Bioethics student and NEH Public Scholars Fellow, will be in conversation with English PhD candidate Rachel Kolb, an emerging leader in the field of Deaf Studies, with whom she has collaborated on numerous projects.

For accommodations, please contact the office of accessibility services at 404-727-9877 or 404-712-2049 (TDD).

February 27Clinical Ethics Seminar
Clinical Ethics Seminar - Improving Donor Organ Utilization through Ethical Disclosure

Time: 4 - 5 PM
Location: Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Dr., Room 162
Register for free

Each day, hundreds of effective treatments desired by needy patients are refused without the notification (let alone consent) of those patients.  We refer here to clinicians’ common practice of refusing organ transplant offers to patients on organ waitlists without notifying patients of either the offer or its refusal.  Even though many of these refusals are justified due to clinical reasons, improving the disclosure of offers, refusals, and the donor offer process will lead to three important ethical outcomes - increasing transparency to stakeholders, improving public health through greater organ utilization and reducing unjustified variability in donor organ acceptance criteria.

Guest speaker is Gerard Vong, D.Phil, Director, Master of Arts in Bioethics Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine.

March 4
Master of Arts in Bioethics Open House

Time: 5:30 PM
Location: Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Dr.
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March 26-27
Healthcare Ethics Consortium (HEC) Annual Conference
Healthcare Ethics: Responding to the Many Faces of Suffering

Location: The Georgian Terrace Hotel, Midtown Atlanta
Registration is open! Register today

The Healthcare Ethics Consortium (HEC) is a nationally recognized center of excellence providing leadership in health care ethics education, reflection and practice. Our annual conference, now in its 26th year, brings together healthcare professionals of all kinds, educators, students, patients, caregivers, and others to learn and grow. This year's conference focuses on responding to the many faces of suffering. Healthcare professionals are not always aware of the meaning of and multiple sources of suffering for patients, families and health care providers and the ethical issues in which suffering is a central component. knowledge about the variety of religious perspectives on suffering, pain management and opioid dependence, potentially inappropriate treatment, family caregiver perspectives and the challenges of dealing with cognitive changes. Continuing education contact hours for nurses, social workers, and health educators are currently being applied for.

Fall 2019

September 1
Decatur Book Festival - Artificial Intelligence Panel

Time: 1:15pm
Location: Decatur City Hall

Moral Machines: How is Artificial Intelligence Pushing our Ethical Boundaries?

Join Center Director Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, Emory Professor John Banja, PhD, and Georgia Tech Assistant Professor in Digital Media Nassim Parvin, PhD for a lively panel discussion during this year's Decatur Book Festival.

As AI surpasses human intelligence and capabilities, how do we assure that we continue to control AI, rather than the other way around? We will discuss these and other challenges that AI poses to society and ponder the ethical dilemmas that AI poses to us all.

September 17
Art Exhibition & Conversation: The Lexicon of Human Dignity

Time: 6 - 8pm
Location: Center for Ethics (1531 Dickey Drive, ATL 30322)

We have a new art exhibit filling our gallery walls, The Lexicon of Human Dignity. This collection tells the stories of thought leaders around Atlanta working to educate, engage and activate us - so we recognize the challenges of our neighbors and teach us how we might support them. Eleven thought leaders across many topics and disciplines contributed their valued experience to the Lexicon of Human Dignity information artworks. By illuminating the vocabulary of human dignity, we explore the topics of “Seniors Helping Seniors,” “Food Justice,” “Homelessness,” “Mental Health Matters,” “Bridging LBGTQ and Mainstream Communities,” “Welcome Refugees,” “Access to Justice,” “Respect and Safety For All Faiths,” “Empowering the Most Vulnerable,” “The Four Quarters of Life” and “Food Literacy.”

Join us Sept 17 to view the art and listen to thought leaders Linda Ellis and Valerie Morvan discuss their work and their pieces in the collection. Event is free, register here.

September 26
Clinical Ethics Seminar - Seeking Compassion in the Crevices of Care

Time: 4 - 5 PM
Location: Center for Ethics, Room 162

This month, our Clinical Ethics Seminar series dives into the topic of compassion. Compassion is essential in healthcare but are we overusing the concept? Guest speaker Tim Cunningham will share stories of working in challenging settings and lead a discussion on the ways that we experience and practice compassion. The seminar is free, register here

October 11
Un-Summoning the Demon: a Roadmap to Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Time: 7 AM - 5 PM
Location: Emory University

John Banja, Ph.D., and Edward Queen, Ph.D. will both be participating in the upcoming Ethical Artificial Intelligence Symposium on Emory's campus. Come listen to thoughtful, intimate discussions featuring a number of thought leaders in the field. Registration is required, event is free.

November 15
The Fair & Ethical Allocation of Scarce Resources: Healthcare Cases & General Consideration

Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: The Commerce Club

MAB Director Gerard Vong is speaking at The Commerce Club, his talk will offer an introduction to the ethics of scarce resource allocation using real-life health cases such as donor organs and drug shortages. While the cases will be healthcare-focused, the presentation will conclude with a discussion of how similar considerations apply more generally. RSVP here

December 19
Clinical Ethics Seminar - Highlights from the 2019 American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Conference

Time: 4 -5 PM
Location: Center for Ethics, 1531 Dickey Dr., Room 162

Neal Dickert, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Cardiology, ECCRI
April Dworetz, MD, MPH, MA, Neonatologist, Bioethicist, Associate Professor of Pediatrics - Emory University School of Medicine
Kevin Wack, JD, MA, MTS, Clinical Ethicist, Emory Healthcare
Paul Root Wolpe, PhD, Director, Emory Center for Ethics

Join us to learn about emerging topics and highlights from this year's ASBH conference. Register for the event and learn more here. The event is free and open to all!

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Summer 2019 Events:

May 19
Ethics on the Stage Talkback: Ride the Cyclone

Time: 2:30pm
Location: Alliance Theatre

Come see Ride the Cyclone at the Alliance Theatre and stay for an Ethics on the Stage discussion afterward with members of the Emory Center for Ethics staff.

Tickets for the May 19th, 2:30 pm show must be purchased through the Alliance Theatre.

July 19
Bracing for the Oncoming Wave of Artificial Intelligence

Time: 11:30am
Location: The Commerce Club, downtown Atlanta

Bracing for the Oncoming Wave of AI is a talk being given by Professor John Banja, PhD. The talk focuses on the impact of AI on jobs and human interactions. As AI becomes more and more powerful we will explore the ethical questions that arise and provide a forum for discussion. Join us for what will surely be a lively discussion. >>For more information or to RSVP

August 22
Clinical Ethics Seminar Series -
Health Data Protection in the World Digital Age: Privacy at Risk

Time: 4-5 pm
Location: Center for Ethics, Seminar Room 162

How can we manage health data in today's digital world?

Join us for this month's clinical ethics seminar where featured speaker, Anne-Elisabeth Courrier, PhD, discusses the privacy issues within healthcare in today's digital world. 

Join us in-person or virtually, for details click here.