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These events are produced by The Hastings Center or feature Hastings Center scholars.

Upcoming Events

Noninvasive Prenatal Testing Advisory Committee Meeting, Non-governmental advisory committee discussion concerning the rapidly evolving field of noninvasive prenatal testing. September 17, 2019, Washington, DC [By Invitation – Contact Siofra Vizzi]

The Ethics of Technology, Mudd Center Keynote Lecture by Hastings Center director of research Josephine Johnston. September 26, 5 – 6:15 PM, Stackhouse Theater, Elrod Commons, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va. 

Surviving the Technology Tsunami: Why We Need Technology Assessment
Hastings Center Advisory Council meeting with guest speaker Robert Cook-Deegan. October 3, New York City [By Invitation – Contact Siofra Vizzi]

Aging in [a] Place: Planning, Design & Spacial Justice in Aging Societies, a symposium cosponsored by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and The Hastings Center. October 18, 1 – 6 PM. Gund Hall Piper Auditorium, Cambridge, Ma. The symposium is open to the public.

In Celebration of the Hastings Center’s 50th Anniversary: What Does Justice Require of Bioethics? Moving Our Field Forward, Featured Speaker: Mary T. Bassett, MD MPH, François-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, Boston, MA, Commentary: Marion Danis, MD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; Virginia A. Brown, PhD MA, University of Texas–Austin, Austin, TX, Moderator: Mildred Z. Solomon, EdD, The Hastings Center, Racial, health, and economic inequities are a persistent reality in America. In the face of worsening injustices and inequalities, what can scholars, researchers, and practitioners in bioethics do? October 25, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Big Ideas in Bioethics: The Questions that Got the Field Started, and What Is Needed for the Future, Hastings Center Fellows Annual Meeting; program chairs Marion Danis, National Institutes of Health, and Robert Pearlman, Veterans’ Health Administration. Remembering the Births of the Hastings Center and Bioethics, Presenters: Robert Baker, Arthur Caplan, Ruth Macklin, and Joseph J. Fins. On the 50th anniversary of the Hastings Center’s founding, panelists will discuss their experiences with the Center during its early years and reflect on its contributions to the nascent field of bioethics and its role in fostering bioethics’ growth as a discrete and ongoing field (rather than merely a temporary interdisciplinary collaboration). October 25, Pittsburgh, Pa.        

Hastings Center Beecher Award Ceremony, Mildred Solomon, president of The Hastings Center, will interview Professor Ruth Faden, the 2019 recipient of The Henry Knowles Beecher Award, in a wide-ranging discussion of her reflections on her career, the major issues she has addressed, and where she would like to see the field going in the future. October 24, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

David Roscoe Early Career Essay Award, The inaugural David Roscoe Early Career Essay Award will be presented by David Roscoe, the former long-time chair of The Hastings Center, and now chair of its Advisory Committee, and the recipient will make brief remarks. October 24, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Reflections on the Hastings Center on its Fiftieth Anniversary, On the occasion of the Hastings Center’s Fiftieth Anniversary, Susan Lederer, University of Wisconsin-Madison, will lead a panel of with Alex Capron, Founding Hastings Center Fellow and historians—Robert Baker, Barron Lerner, and Kathy Powderly—in a discussion of the evolution of the Hastings Center. October 26, Pittsburgh, Pa. 

Bioethics Turns Fifty Speakers:  Steven Joffe, University of Pennsylvania, Nancy King, Wake Forest University, Alex John London, Carnegie Mellon University, and Karen Maschke and Mildred Solomon, The Hastings Center. In honor of The Hastings Center’s 50th anniversary, this plenary will compare and contrast 21st century biomedical technologies with those of the mid-20th century, when the field of bioethics was just forming. November 19, Boston, Ma.

The Art of Flourishing: A Conversation on Disability and Technology. This event launches a series of six public events that will explore how technologies can be used to promote or thwart meaningful, flourishing lives. The speakers for the inaugural event will be Haben Girma, author of Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law; Rachel Kolb, the first Deaf Rhodes scholar, and Teresa Blankmeyer Burke, the first person to use ASL in pursuit of her PhD in philosophy. Hastings Senior Scholar Erik Parens will preside over the event and the session will be moderated by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, one of the founders of disability studies and a Hastings Fellow, and Joel Michael Reynolds, inaugural Rice Family Postdoctoral Fellow in Hastings’ Initiative in Bioethics and the Humanities. December 6, New York City

Hastings Center 50th Anniversary Gala, Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: The Promise and the Peril. April 29, 2020. New York City [By Invitation – Contact Siofra Vizzi]

Recent Events

Autism, Genetics & Identity: Exploring the Complexities of Autism Genetics Research, a conference convened by the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal & Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics and The Hastings Center. June 11, 12:30 – 5:30 PM. Faculty House, Columbia University, New York City. The conference is open to the public.

Genomics Enters the Clinic, a public event presented by The Hastings Center, The New York Academy of Sciences, and the Aspen Brain Institute. Moderated by Hastings Center president Mildred Z. Solomon; panelists include Hastings Center director of research Josephine Johnston. Tuesday, June 11, 6:30-9:30 PM, The New York Academy of Sciences, New York, N.Y.

Responsible Science Amidst Civic Discord: Can Bioethics Help?, the 2019 Wiese Lecture in Ethics and Medical Humanities at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, delivered by Mildred Z. Solomon, President of The Hastings Center. May 2, 4:30 PM-5:30 PM, Bornstein Family Amphitheater, 45 Francis Street, Boston, M.A. This event is free and open to the public. 

Animal Experimentation in Neuroscience: Past, Present & Future, a panel discussion featuring Hastings Center research scholar Carolyn P. Neuhaus. May 2, 5:00 PM, Meyer Hall, Room 121, 4 Washington Place, New York, N.Y.

Good Sport: Why Our Games Matter and How Doping Undermines Them, a talk by Thomas H. Murray, President Emeritus of The Hastings Center, about his recent book. Saturday, April 27, 4-6 PM, at The Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y. 

Controlling Death? The policies, practices, and ethics of choosing when we die, the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics’ Annual Bioethics Conference, cosponsored by The Hastings Center, with Hastings President Mildred Solomon and research scholar Nancy Berlinger. April 11-12, Harvard Medical School Campus, Boston, Ma.

Beyond Our Beginnings: 50 Years of Bioethics Conference, organized by the Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health, & Society and cosponsored by The Hastings Center in celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Hastings Center. Friday, April 5, at the Graylyn International Conference Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. 

The Ethics of Conscientious Objection in Health Care, The DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy featuring Hastings Center research scholar Nancy Berlinger. March 25 from 6-8:10 PM at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, M.I.

Preserving the Person in Personalized Medicine, a panel discussion featuring Hastings Center director of research Josephine Johnston at The Future of Humane Technology conference. March 14, at Arizona State University’s Barrett and O’Connor Washington Center, 1800 I St NW, Washington, D.C. The event was livestreamed here.

Patients as Consumers, a Health Affairs Briefing with a panel discussion featuring Hastings Center research scholar Michael Gusmano. March 5, from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM, National Press Club, Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

“Designer Babies” (You Say That Like it’s a Bad Thing), a panel discussion featuring Hastings Center director of research Josephine Johnston. February 25 from 7:15pm-9:00pm, Heimbold Visual Arts Center Donnelley Film Theatre, Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, N.Y. The event is open to the public.

Control and Responsible Innovation of Artificial Intelligence, public events hosted by the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs in partnership with The Hastings Center, in New York City and at Yale University. December 4, 2018 from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, Merrill House, 170 East 64th Street, New York, NY and December 4, 2018 from 4:30 PM-6:00 PM at Yale University, Sloane Physics Laboratory (SPL), Room 5 217 Prospect Street, New HavenCT. The events is open to the public. Learn more about the event at the Carnegie CouncilLearn more about the event at Yale.

Genetics, Parents, and Children: How Novel Technologies Challenge Ideas about Parental Responsibility, a seminar with Hastings Center director of research Josephine Johnston at the University of Toronto Law School. November 22 at 7 PM at 84 Queen’s Park, Falconer Hall, Solarium, University of Toronto Law School, Toronto, Canada.

Why Doping Matters in Sports, a lecture by Hastings Center president emeritus Thomas Murray, author of Good Sport — Why Our Games Matter, and How Doping Undermines Them, with introductory remarks by director of research  Josephine Johnston and an interview with Hastings Center Fellow Arthur L. Caplan. November 7, 2018 at 5:30 PM, NYU School of Professional Studies, 7 East 12th Street, 5th Floor Lounge, New York, NY.

Frankenstein in the Age of Gene Editing, a panel discussion exploring Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking novel from the perspectives of bioethics, literary criticism, and science fiction. Saturday, October 27th at 4 PM at The Hastings Center, Garrison, NY. This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. 

Reading Frankenstein: Then, Now, Next, a reading and discussion with Hastings Center director of research Josephine Johnston. October 26 from 9 AM- 4 PM. Charbonnel Lounge, University of St. Michael’s College, The University of Toronto.

The Gift and Weight of Genomic Knowledge: In Search of the Good Biocitizen, a conference sponsored by The Hastings Center and Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Health, Science and Public Policy and cosponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School and Columbia Narrative Medicine. October 4-5 at Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York. Watch a livestream of the conference, starting 9 AM ET on October 4, 2018, here.

The 2018 Healthcare Ethics and Law Conference, featuring research scholar Michael Gusmano. September 7, 2018, 8 AM-3:30 PM, Samford University, Birmingham, Al.

Symposium on Caregiving 2018, August 23, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM with Nancy Berlinger and Michael Gusmano. Shaw Foundation Alumni House, National University of Singapore.

Mice Against Ticks, a panel discussion about an upcoming genetic engineering project to reduce the number of disease-carrying ticks on Martha’s Vineyard featuring Carolyn Neuhaus, Hastings Center research scholar. July 12, 2017 from 7-8:30 PM, Katherine Cornell Theater, Martha’s Vineyard, MA.

Planting the Seeds, Seeding the Plants: Can CRISPR Save the World?, World Science Festival, with Carolyn Neuhaus, Hastings Center research scholar, New York, N.Y., May 31, 2018.

Rewriting Life: The Promise and Peril of Editing your DNA, World Science Festival, with Josephine Johnston, Hastings Center director of research and research scholar, New York, N.Y., May 31, 2018.

The Enhanced Human: Risks and Opportunities, a public event presented by The Hastings Center, The New York Academy of Sciences, and the Aspen Brain Institute. Moderated by Hastings Center President Mildred Z. Solomon; panelists include Hastings Center Director of Research Josephine Johnston. Monday, May 21, 6-9:25 PM, The New York Academy of Sciences, New York, N.Y. Watch the livestream.

Conscious Matters: Tensions between Religious Rights and Civil Rights: A discussion of conscience protection in light of recent cases in the law and in health care with presentations from Hastings Center Research Scholar Nancy Berlinger and Linda Greenhouse, the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School. April 19 at 6 PM, McNally Auditorium, Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus.

Defining Death: Organ Transplantation and the 50-Year Legacy of the Harvard Report on Brain Death: a public conference cosponsored by the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics; The Hastings Center; and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics. April 11-13, Boston.

Program for Biomedical Ethics Lecture: “Ethical Implications of Human Gene Editing and CRISPR Technology”: a panel discussion with Hastings Center director of research Josephine Johnston. Thursday, March 15th 4:30 PM-6:30 PM. Nieson Irving Harris Building, E, Cohen Auditorium, 230 South Frontage Road, New Haven, Ct.

Looking for the Psychosocial Impacts of Genomic Information, a conference hosted by the Center for Research on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic, and Behavioral Genetics, a collaborative project of Columbia University Medical Center and The Hastings Center. Columbia University, February 26- 27, 2018.

Physician-Assisted Death: Scanning the Landscape and Potential Approaches, a public workshop organized by the Board on Health Sciences Policy of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine. Hastings Center research scholar Nancy Berlinger will chair a session on data collection in the U.S. and other countries. National Academy of Sciences Building, Washington, DC, February 12-13, 2018.

Regulation of Genetic Engineering, The University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law & Public Affairs Volume 3 Symposium. Hastings Center director of Research Josephine Johnston will present on how human flourishing is–and is not–addressed in the regulation of gene editing.  The symposium is free and open to the public. February 10 from 11 am – 4 pm in Fitts Auditorium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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