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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 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. 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 on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

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.