Upcoming events Fall 2015- check back regularly for updates!

August 22: New Student Orientation and Expo
Time: 11am
Location: WoodPec

August 24: Master of Arts in Bioethics Orientation

August 25: Ethics on the Stage - One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Center for Ethics Commons 102
Synopsis: Ethics on Stage: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest August 25, 2015 Join us at the Emory Center for Ethics for an exciting discussion on the ethical issues presented in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.  A partnership between the Emory University Ethics & the Arts program and the Alliance Theatre that brings performers and the community together to explore the ethical and social implications of theatrical productions through moderated public dialogue.  This event is free and open to the public. 

August 27: Clinical Ethics Seminar
When Patients' and Surrogate Decision-Makers' Values Collide: Limits to Life Sustaining Treatment post Catastrophic Neurologic Injury or Other Irreversible Illness
Speaker: Kari Esbensen, MD, PhD
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Center for Ethics 162
Synopsis: We are often faced with the challenge of caring for patients when their families or other surrogate decision-makers choose NOT to honor the patient’s prior requests (whether outlined in Advance Directives or simply previously expressed) to discontinue life-sustaining therapies in the event of a catastrophic neurologic injury or other irreversible illness. In such cases, we ask surrogates to speak on behalf of the patient – NOT in keeping with the surrogates' OWN priorities or values, but rather in keeping with what the PATIENT would have chosen if he/she were in a position to express his/her own treatment preferences. 

What happens when this typical struggle is turned on its head?  What should we do when the patient had previously requested life-sustaining therapies indefinitely, but the caregivers now struggle to honor this wish, in constant tension with their own assessment that such care is futile and simply prolonging suffering?  What, if any, limits are there to the obligation to respect patient autonomy in such cases?

September 11: The Sacred Mundane - A Conference on Religion and Ecology
Time: 9am - 3:30pm
Location: Emory Center for Ethics

Synopsis: Hosted by the Center for Ethics and the Emory CREATE Program, The Sacred Mundane proudly showcases Emory scholarship on religion and ecology. This conference brings together professors and doctoral students who will identify resources and obstacles that shape or stand in the way of religious commitment to care for the earth and sustainable living.
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