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    Our Public Engagement

    The Hastings Center is committed 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 blog, Hastings Bioethics Forum, offers diverse commentary on topical issues in bioethics. The Bioethics Briefings contains concise overviews of bioethics issues of high public interest. The Hastings Center’s newsletter offers the latest insights into the social and ethical implications of advances in health care, biomedical research, and emerging technologies — delivered to your inbox. 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.

     Upcoming Events

    Editorial Aspirations: Human Integrity at the Frontiers of Biology, with Hastings Center senior research scholar Erik Parens, Harvard University, April 26 – 28.

    Future of Medicine Conference, with Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon, Denver Art Museum, May 11 – 12.

    Genome Editing: Biomedical and Ethical Perspectives, an international conference organized by The Hastings Center and the Division of Medical Ethics in NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Population Health, Belgrade, Serbia, August 20 – 21.

    Recent Events

    Sequencing the Stork: Genomics and the “Good Parent,” a talk by Josephine Johnston, director of research, at McGill University, April 11.

    The Ethics of Making Babies, the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics’ Annual Conference, cosponsored by The Hastings Center, with Josephine Johnston, director of research, at Harvard Medical School, April 6-7.

    2017 Isaac Asimov Memorial Debate: De-Extinction, with Gregory Kaebnick, a Hastings Center research scholar, American Museum of Natural History, New York, March 29. Watch the debate here.

    Mayhem of Misdiagnosis, with Zachary E. Shapiro, Presidential Scholar of Law at The Hastings Center and a Visiting Fellow in Law and Neuroscience at the Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior at Harvard’s Massachusetts General Hospital, New York, March 7.

    Science, Ethics, and Engagement in the Governance of Drives: It Takes a Village, with Gregory Kaebnick, a Hastings Center research scholar, AAAS annual meeting, Boston, February 17.

    The Ethics of Gene Editing: Should Concerns Beyond Safety Matter in Science Policy? A panel organized by The Hastings Center and including Hastings president Mildred Z. Solomon and director of research Josephine Johnston. AAAS annual meeting, Boston, February 17. Watch the video.

    Neuroimaging, Consciousness, and the Law, a panel and discussion. Speakers include Zachary Shapiro, The Hastings Center Presidential Scholar of Law, and Hastings Center board member and Fellow Joseph J. Fins. Brooklyn Law School, February 3.

    The Spawn of Frankenstein, with Josephine Johnston, a research scholar and director of  research. Organized by Future Tense, a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University. New America, Washington, D.C., February 2.

    The Ethics of Gene Editing: Should Concerns Beyond Safety Matter in Science Policy? A panel organized by The Hastings Center and including Hastings president Mildred Z. Solomon and director of research Josephine Johnston. AAAS annual meeting, Boston, February 17.

    5th Annual Health Law in P/Review, The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, cosponsored by The Hastings Center. Panelists include Hastings Center research scholar Michael Gusmano.  Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Ma., January 23, 2017.

    Ethical Issues in Providing Health Care for Undocumented Immigrants. Speakers include Hastings Center research scholars Nancy Berlinger and Michael Gusmano. Ichan Medical Institute, New York, N.Y., December 9, 2016.

    Altering Nature with Gene Drives, with Gregory Kaebnick, a Hastings Center research scholar, Arizona State University, Tempe, October 25.

    Human Genetic Engineering: What Can We Do? What Should We Do? A Hastings Center Seminar, with Josephine Johnston, a Hastings Center research scholar, The Hastings Center, October 19.

    Patients without Passports: Challenges of Caring for the Undocumented, with Nancy Berlinger, a Hastings Center research scholar, University of Virginia, September 28.

    Social Determinants of Health Workshop, with Michael Gusmano, Hastings Center research scholar, George Mason University, Arlington, Va., September 15.

    National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Medicine, Committee on Human Gene Editing: Scientific, Medical, and Ethical Considerations, with Erik Parens, Hastings Center senior research scholar, Washington, D.C., July 12, 2016. Watch the video.

    Salon: Life in Our Image–The Ethics of Altering the Human Genome, World Science Festival, New York, N.Y., with Gregory Kaebnick, Hastings Center research scholar, June 4, 2016.

    Splicing and Dicing DNA: Genome Engineering and the CRISPR Revolution, World Science Festival, with Josephine Johnston, Hastings Center director of research, June 3, 2016. Watch the video.

    “Allocating Resources Wisely Across the Life Span: Setting Priorities for Human Flourishing,” keynote address by Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon, at Governance of Emerging Technologies: Law, Policy and Ethics Fourth Annual Conference, Arizona State University, Tempe, Az., May 24, 2016.

    Bioethics Meets Moral Psychology, a Hastings Center public lecture with Jonathan Haidt, New York, N.Y., May 19, 2016.