The Hastings Center Events


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

Upcoming Events

Vaccine Access, Vaccine Hesitancy: Challenges to Herd Immunity Hastings Center President Mildred Solomon, Dr. Rhea Boyd, and Maya Goldenberg will host a discussion on vaccine access and hesitancy. Virtual. April 20, 2021, 1 pm ET

Bioethics of Migration/Creating Systems of Safety for Immigrant Children and Families Seminar with Hastings Center scholar Nancy Berlinger. Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics/ Division of Bioethics and Palliative Care, University of Washington-Seattle, May 5, 2021, 9a-10a PT/12-1 pm ET 

Bioethics of Migration/Creating Systems of Safety for Undocumented and Low-Wage Immigrants as a Vulnerable Population, with Hastings Center scholar Nancy Berlinger. Ethics Grand Rounds, Albany Medical College, May 6, 2021, 12-1 pm ET 

Questioning Cure: Disability, Identity, and Healing. In this webinar, disabled writers and educators Anand Prahlad, Ann Millett-Gallant, and Karen Nakamura will discuss how the idea of cure has shaped their own lives and how we can think beyond cure. Hosted by Hastings Center scholar Erik Parens, Rice Family Fellow Liz Bowen, & HC advisors Rosemarie Thomson and Joel Michael Reynolds. May 11, 3pm EST.

Planning for Seniors Housing in Changing Cities: A Cross National Exchange! This virtual conference features presentations and discussions on priority topics related to seniors housing, such as housing preservation, eviction prevention, and access to support services. Hastings Center research scholar Nancy Berlinger will be presenting. May 11-12, 2021, 12–4:00 pm EST Sessions

Binocularity: A Conceptual Tool for Comprehending and Respecting Persons Senior research scholar Erik Parens will be presenting as part of The Montreal Health Ethics Conference Series 2021: Wellness, health and human flourishing. May 27, 2021, 12 pm EST.

Do Genetic Findings Impact Perceptions of Responsibility? Since the start of the Human Genome Project, bioethicists and geneticists have speculated that genetic information can have large impacts on how people understand what they—and other people—are responsible for or responsible to do. This conference will reflect on the many, complicated ways in which the term responsibility is used; consider two specific contexts in which genetic information can impact perceptions of responsibility; and step back and examine the extent to which the initial speculation about large impacts has been borne out by the evidence. Held by Columbia University’s ELSI program with The Hastings Center. May 28, 2021, from 9 am-3 pm EST.

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Recent Events

The Role of Public Colleges and Universities in Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Opportunity Hastings Center scholar Nancy Berlinger and Hastings Center PMRA Danielle Pacia speak at the TIDE conference on Inclusion, Diversity, and Ethics. March 30, 2021, 5-7:45pm EST.

Which Public, What Comments? An Analysis of Public Comments on Human-Animal Chimera Research Submitted to the National Institutes of Health Project Managers/Research Assistants Isabel Bolo and Ben Wills join ELSIConversations for a talk on Oversight of Human-Animal Chimera Research: Views of Scientists, Researchers, Oversight Committees, and the Public, March 19, 2021, 12pm EST.

We Are All Somebody’s Child: Disability Speciesism, and the Problem of Dehumanization. Joel Michael Reynolds, assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University and a senior advisor at The Hastings Center, will speak at the UNC Charlotte Center for Professional and Applied Ethics. February 24, 2021, 3pm Eastern Time. 

Conference on Communication Ethics. Hastings Center Communications Director Susan Gilbert will talk about ethical challenges and responses to Covid-19. February 25, 2021, 9:30am Pacific Time.

Platform Heals? Ethical Issues in Direct-to-consumer Telepharmacies Project Manager/Research Assistant Ben Wills will discuss ethical and legal issues of telepharmacies at the ELSIConversations on February 26, 2021, 12pm EST.

Hastings Center President Mildred Solomon will be the featured speaker on  Included: The Disability Equity Podcast, of the Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center.  

Advancing Social Justice, Health Equity, and Community. The Daniel Callahan Annual Lecture, with Duke professor Patrick Smith and Hastings Center president Mildred Solomon. February 9, 2021, noon Eastern Time. Click here to watch the Zoom event.  

Biobanking in the Era of Covid. Cosponsored by The Hastings Center, the Personal Genetics Education Project, and Stanford and Columbia Universities. January 8, 2021.

Society of Christian Ethics, annual meeting. Hastings Center scholar Nancy Berlinger spoke on Immigrant Health and Christian Ethics. January 6, 2021.

Addresssing Racism in Research and Clinical Practice. Health scientists, genome researchers, and scholars who study the ethical, legal, and social implications of genetics and genomics (ELSI) are increasingly becoming aware of the effects of structural racism on research and medicine that have long been overlooked by many except those who have studied and experienced them. How can our communities counteract these systemic forces in everyday practices? Cosponsored by The Hastings Center, the Personal Genetics Education Project, and Stanford and Columbia Universities. December 11, 2020.

“Ethical Challenges Posed by Big Data in Healthcare.” Cosponsored by The Hastings Center, NYU Langone Health, Hasso Plattner Institut, and University of Cologne, New York. December 15, 2020.

Disrupting Ableism with Artful Activism. What will it take to bring about lasting justice for disabled people in the United States? When will every body—and every voice—be indispensable? Poets and activists Lateef McLeod and D.J. Savarese imagine a society led by people with disabilities and show how disabled communities are already building this world through creative forms of resistance. December 7, 2020.

Hastings Conversations series: Public Trust in Science, featuring Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Fauci explored the ethical issues raised by the erosion of trust in science. The nation’s top infectious diseases official and Hastings Center President Mildred Solomon looked at how we can improve public understanding of complex issues in ways particularly suited to problem-solving and respectful dialogue. November 19, 2020.

New York Academy of Sciences, Ethical Questions in Synthetic Biology, panel discussion led by Hastings Center research scholar Greg Kaebnick, with Ethan Bier,  University of California, San Diego, and Pamela Silver, Harvard Medical School.

Voting for Health: The Entwined Paths of Healthcare and Politics with Hastings Center research scholar Michael Gusmano and Seton Hall University’s Bryan Pilkington and guests, on October 29, 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.

David Roscoe Early Career Scholars Essay Award Presentation, with discussion between David Roscoe, Hastings Center President Mildred Solomon, and the awardees. Thursday, October 15, 2020, at the ASBH Conference .

ASBH Conference: Justice and Flourishing in a Pluralistic World. Schedule of panels involving Hastings Center research scholars below. October 12-18, 2020. All times are Central Standard Time (CST).

    • 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. 4:00-5:15pm.

    • 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-12:00pm, and 2) “Climate Change and Justice: Arguments in Favor of Seeking Asylum,” October 16, 2020, 11-11:30am.

    • ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center scholar Carolyn Neuhaus “Justice and the Social Impacts of Human Gene Editing.” October 15, 2020. 4-5:15pm.

    • ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center scholars Josie Johnston, Carolyn Neuhaus and research assistant Isabel Bolo “Chimera Research with Humans and Non-Human Primates: Implications for Human and Primate Flourishing.” October 16, 2020. 1:15-2:30pm.

    • ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center research assistant Isabel Bolo, “Affect Recognition Technology in the Clinic.” October 16, 2020 3-3:30pm.

    • ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center postdoc researcher Lucas Matthews, “Psychosocial Impacts of Polygenic Scores for Educational Attainment.” October 17, 2020. 10:15-11:30am.

    • ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center scholar Gregory Kaebnick  “Gene Drive Pests and Public Engagement.” October 18, 2020. 10:30-11:45am.

    • ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center research assistant Isabel Bolo: “Immunity Certification: Learning from the Past and Looking to the Future” October 18, 2020, 10:30-11:45am. 

    • ASBH panel talk by Hastings Center research assistant Ben Wills, “Is Human Flourishing Possible in an Age of Digital Surveillance?” October 18, 2020. 12:00-12:30pm.

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.

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