Our Public Engagement
The Hastings Center has steadily increased its commitment to creating more informed, more meaningful dialogue in the public square. Our goal is to ensure better understanding of what is at stake as changes in technology, medicine, and the environment reshape the landscape of human possibilities. Such changes raise profound questions, which become potential sources of conflict or indecision. Ultimately, we aim to identify common ground from which solutions can emerge.
Helping journalists has always been an important way for us to to inform the public, whether by developing workshops for journalism conferences or handling hundreds of media calls each year with interviews and background information. In recent years we have significantly broadened our audience with public webcasts and videos of events and conversations with leaders in science and policy. In addition to developing our own events, our scholars frequently participate in prominent public events produced by other organizations.
Our regular analysis of current events, called News in Context, draws on our expertise to enrich understanding of major news in medicine, science, and technology. Our blog, Hastings Bioethics Forum, offers diverse commentary on topical issues in bioethics. The Bioethics Briefing Book, being updated in 2016, contains concise overviews of bioethics issues of high public interest. We invite you to join our growing community and set of conversations emerging on Facebook and Twitter.
The Hastings Center’s unique dual commitment to the bioethics professional community and to the general public remains one of our most distinguishing and prized features.