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    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.

    Upcoming Events

    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.

    Recent Events

    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.