These events are produced by The Hastings Center or feature Hastings Center scholars.
Upcoming Events (virtual unless otherwise noted)
Navigating: On Disability, Technology, and Experiencing the World How are people with disabilities are using—or resisting—technologies to promote their own flourishing? Which technologies, and under what circumstances, truly enhance a person’s ability to live the most meaningful life? Join the discussion at 3 pm, EST, on September 29, 2020. This event is the second in a series produced by The Hastings Center and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Learn more about the series.
David Roscoe Early Career Scholars Essay Award Presentation
Thursday, October 15, 2020, at the ASBH Conference • 10-11:15 AM (CST).
ASBH Conference: Justice and Flourishing in a Pluralistic World. Schedule of panels involving Hastings Center research scholars below. October 12-18, 2020.
- ASBH panel talk moderated by Hastings Center scholar Nancy Berlinger, with research assistant Isabel Bolo, and Rice Family Fellow Liz Bowen. “Fearing Dementia: Narratives and Counter-Narratives.” October 15, 2020. 4:00PM-5:15PM (CST). Zoom Room 14.
- Two ASBH talks with research assistant Danielle Pacia: 1) “Indigenous Codes of Ethics, Genomic Data, and Culturally Competent Informed Consent,” October 15, 2020, 11:30 am-12:00 pm, and 2) “Climate Change and Justice: Arguments in Favor of Seeking Asylum,” October 16, 2020, 11-11:30 am.
- Two ASBH panel talks by Hastings Center scholar Carolyn Neuhaus. 1) “Justice and the Social Impacts of Human Gene Editing.” October 15, 2020. 4:00PM-5:15PM (CST). Zoom Room 15, and 2) “Chimera Research with Humans and Non-Human Primates: Implications for Human and Primate Flourishing.” October 16, 2020. 1:15PM-2:30PM (CST). Zoom Room 14.
- ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center scholar Josie Johnston “Chimera Research with Humans and Non-Human Primates: Implications for Human and Primate Flourishing.” October 16, 2020. 1:15PM-2:30PM (CST). Zoom Room 14.
- ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center research assistant Isabel Bolo, “Affect Recogition Technology in the Clinic.” October 16, 2020 3:00PM-3:30 PM. Zoom Room 1.
- ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center postdoc researcher Lucas Matthews, “Psychosocial Impacts of Polygenic Scores for Educational Attainment.” October 17, 2020. 10:15-11:30 AM (CST). Zoom Room 10.
- ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center scholar Gregory Kaebnick “Gene Drive Pests and Public Engagement.” October 18, 2020. 10:30-11:45AM (CST). Zoom Room 7.
- ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center research assistant Isabel Bolo: “Immunity Certification: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future” October 18, 2020, 11:45AM.
- ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center research assistant Ben Wills, “Is Human Flourishing Possible in an Age of Digital Surveillance?”
October 18, 2020. 12:00-12:30 PM. Zoom Room 9.
The Hastings Center 50th Anniversary Gala. Artificial Intelligence in Health Care: The Promise and the Peril. Scripps Research Institute founder Eric Topol will explore whether AI will lead to more just, effective, and compassionate care, or erode it? October 27, 2020.
NYS Psychological Association, Choosing Our Genes: The Ethics of CRISPR-ing The Human Genome, with speaker Hastings Center research scholar and director of research Josephine Johnston, November 1, 2020, 3-5pm.
Mohrenweiser Lecture Series, with Hastings Center research scholar Nancy Berlinger. “Learning to Love Other People’s Children: Climate Justice, Migration, and the Ethics of Care.” December 4, 2020, 9am.
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Hastings Conversations: Our new online event series, Securing Health in a Troubled Time, will hold the first conversation, Health Equity, Racism, and This Moment in Time, with our guests Richard Besser, President, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Herminia Palacio, President, The Guttmacher Institute, hosted by Mildred Z. Solomon, President, The Hastings Center. Register for August 13, 2020, 11AM-12PM.
Inequality, Vulnerability, and Health Justice: Learning from the Pandemic. A national webinar sponsored by the Empire State Bioethics Consortium, with Columbia SPS. Moderated by Hastings Center scholar Nancy Berlinger. August 5, 2020.
International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Hastings scholar Josephine Johnston. “Why Does Chimera Research Raise Ethical Issues?” Invited concurrent session on interspecies chimeras for stem cell research with Martin Pera and Jun Wu, June 25, 2020
2020 World Congress of Bioethics, The International Association of Bioethics, co-sponsored by The Hastings Center. Presenting: research assistants Isabel Bolo and Ben Curran Wills. Scholars Karen J. Maschke, Michael Gusmano, Gregory E. Kaebnick, Carolyn Neuhaus, and Josephine Johnston. June 19-21, 2020.
Virtual ELSI Forum — 30 Years of the Genome: Integrating and Applying ELSI Research. Hosted by Columbia University. Hastings Center scholar Josephine Johnston, Plenary Panel: CRISPR and Human Identity: Governing Genome Editing. June 15-16, 2020. #ELSIvirtual
Feminist Approaches to Bioethics. Hastings Center research assistant Ben Wills: “The Labor of Solidarity: Worker Organizing and Feminist Bioethics.” June 18, 2020.
The Ethics of Reopening. Hastings scholar Nancy Berlinger will join Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics (FASPE) in their webinar on reopening the nation. June 9, 2020.
New Ethical Questions and 21st Century Genomics: Genetics and Ethics with Alondra Nelson, School of Social Science, The Institute for Advanced Study, and President, Social Science Research Council. Webinar. The Hastings Center Advisory Council meeting. June 4, 2020.
Webinar 5/28/20: Re-Opening the Nation: Should We Turn to Immunity Testing? A Hastings Conversation with Francoise Baylis, Dakota Gruener, Gigi Gronvall, and Mildred Solomon.
Intelligent Health Inspired! May 25-27, 2020. Global summit dedicated to AI in medicine, with clinicians, technologists, NGOs and c-suite executives coming together online to form the most powerful gathering of medical and technology game changers from our unique global network. With participation from Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon.
Surveillance Technology Governance during and after COVID-19. Co-sponsored by the Corporations and Society Initiative at Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. May 19, 2020, 12:10-1:10pm. Panelists will discuss how to align private and public sector interests to benefit society and support public health efforts, while also preserving privacy and civil rights. Panelist Gretchen Greene is a senior advisor at the Hastings Center and an international AI policy advisor.
Webinar, 5/18/20, Re-Opening the Nation: Privacy, Surveillance, and Digital Tools for Contact Tracing A Hastings Conversation with Ed Felten, Ryan Calo, and Mildred Solomon.
Medical Ethics during Covid-19. NJ Spotlight Virtual Roundtable with panelists Hastings Center research scholar Nancy Berlinger, Hon. Paul W. Armstrong, and Dr. Adam Jarrett. May 13, 2020 from 4-5pm online via Zoom.
Webinar, 4/21/20, 11a.m. Re-Opening the Nation: What Values Should Guide Us?, an online discussion of the ethical issues related to easing Covid-19 pandemic restrictions in the United States.
Polygenic Prediction in Psychiatry with Hastings Center Scholars Erik Parens and Lucas Matthews, March 10, 2020, Center for Research on Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University (Virtual)
Spotlight on Health Policy with Hastings Center Scholar Nancy Berlinger, March 5, 2020, Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Forgiveness after Medical Harm with Hastings Center Scholar Nancy Berlinger, (Jack W. Provonsha Lecture), March 6, 2020. Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Housing and Health Care for Older People with Hastings Center Scholar Michael Gusmano, Beyond Bricks: Affordable Senior Housing Symposium, February 25, 2020 at CUNY Graduate Center, New York, NY
Ethics of Workarounds in Health Care with Hastings Center Scholar Nancy Berlinger, Montgomery Lecture and Ethics Grand Rounds, February 20, 2020 at the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities/Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
The Politics and Ethics of Health Care Technology with Hastings Center Scholar Michael Gusmano, Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, February 5, 2020 in Baltimore, MD
End of Life Care in France and the US with Hastings Center Scholar Michael Gusmano, Life & Death Seminar Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis, January 21st at Rutgers University
Sequencing Newborns: A Call for Nuanced Use of Genomic Technologies, with Hastings Center Director of Research Josephine Johnston, Seminar on Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Genetics, Columbia CEER, January 13th, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
Ethical and Practical Challenges of Immigration Policy in Cancer Care with Hastings Center Scholar Nancy Berlinger, Immigrant Health & Cancer Disparities Service Seminar, January 15th, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
Deciding Together: Confronting Bioethical Dilemmas in Contentious Times with Hastings Center President Mildred Solomon, January 19th, Desmond Fish Library, Garrison, NY
Thinking Morally about Genetics and Agency: Empirical and Philosophical Approaches. Speakers include Erik Parens, senior research scholar of The Hastings Center. December 12-13, Columbia University. Free and open to the public.
The Next Generation of Palliative Care: Integrating Palliative and Social Ethics of Care. The Collaborative for Palliative Care, in partnership with The Hastings Center, University of Rochester Finger Lakes Geriatrics Education Center (FLGEC), and Calvary Hospital, will host its annual conference this December 11 at Iona College, New Rochelle, NY, featuring a distinguished panel addressing “The Troubled Dream of Life: Daniel Callahan’s Legacy.”
Daniel Callahan Lecture: Safe Enough Spaces. Michael Roth, President of Wesleyan University and member of The Hastings Center board, will counter the increasing cynical dismissal–from both liberals and conservatives–of the the traditional core values of higher education in this inaugural lecture. The event will begin with Thomas H. Murray, President Emeritus of The Center, sharing remembrances of Daniel Callahan. December 6. Open Society Foundation, New York City.
Belonging: On Disability, Technology, and Community. 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 3, Baruch Performing Arts Center, New York City.
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, 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, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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. 25, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 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. October 25, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hastings Center Beecher Award Ceremony, Mildred Solomon, president of The Hastings Center, interviewed Ruth Faden, the 2019 recipient of The Henry Knowles Beecher Award. October 24, 2019, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
David Roscoe Early Career Essay Award, The inaugural David Roscoe Early Career Essay Award was presented. October 24, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, Pa.
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. Watch the video of the event.
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
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.
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
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.
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 Haven, CT. The events is open to the public. Learn more about the event at the Carnegie Council. Learn 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.
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.