Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Events

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities sponsors many lectures and events during the academic year. Please see the calendar below for a listing of our upcoming events—as well as relevant events presented by other groups at Northwestern University and its affiliated clinical partners.

Feb

22

RIC Ethics presents Grand Rounds: The Complete History of Opium (Abridged) - Richard Miller

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RIC Donnelley Ethics Program presents

Ethics Grand Rounds

with

Richard Miller, PhD
Alfred Newton Richards Professor of Pharmacology
Professor in the Department of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Northwestern University

The Complete History of Opium (Abridged)

Learning Objectives:
1. The history of opium and how morphine was derived from it
2. The manner in which current opiate drugs were derived from morphine
3. The impact of opiates on Western cultural history

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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Feb

23

A Snapshot of Chicago Male Youth Violence Prevention

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Panelists:
John Wolf, Program Manager, University of Chicago Crime Lab
AJ Watson, Director, Becoming A Man Program (BAM), Youth Guidance
Chris Mallette, Executive Director, Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, John Jay College

Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) Seminar Series

&

FSM Office of Diversity and Inclusion

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Feb

23

Ugly? Aesthetic Diversity and Affective Discipline - Catherine Belling

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics program presents

a Montgomery Lecture

with

Catherine Belling, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Education
Faculty, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program
Member, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ugly? Aesthetic Diversity and Affective Discipline

This presentation considers aesthetic diversity in two senses: differences in appearance (that may or may not be associated with disability or advantage), and differences, social and individual, in responding to the looks of others. The initial affective reaction to seeing, whether attraction, curiosity, or revulsion, is usually followed by a willed disciplining of the gaze—“It’s rude to stare.” Drawing upon Rosemarie Garland-Thomson’s theoretical work in Staring (2009), this presentation will focus on the case of Lizzie Velasquez, a motivational speaker who has Marfan Syndrome, examining her response to the ethics that discipline (or fail to discipline) what Garland-Thomson calls our primal “hunger for and horror of the stare.”

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Mar

01

RIC Ethics presents Grand Rounds: Pelvic Floor Disorders and Myofascial Pain - Colleen Fitzgerald

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

RIC Donnelley Ethics Program presents

Ethics Grand Rounds

with

Colleen Fitzgerald, MD
Medical Director of Clinical Research
Associate Professor, Departments of Urology and PM&R
Loyola University Medical Center

Pelvic Floor Disorders and Myofascial Pain: Current Evidence, Medical Treatment and Research

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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Mar

02

“Death with Dignity” and Mental Disorder - Candice Player

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics program presents

A Montgomery Lecture

with

Candice T. Player, JD, PhD, MPhil
Assistant Professor of Law
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law

“Death with Dignity” and Mental Disorder

States and nations are grappling with physician-assisted death and its boundaries. In the United States, euthanasia is universally prohibited and a handful of states have sanctioned physician-assisted death for competent adults with terminal illnesses. In Europe, physician-assisted suicide is broader. The Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland permit both euthanasia and physician-assisted death for competent non-terminal patients, whether the cause of the patient’s suffering is psychological or somatic. Indeed all three countries allow physician-assisted dying for psychiatric patients without an underlying somatic disorder. Still, legal scholars, bioethicists, and psychiatrists are divided over whether someone with a mental disorder should have access to physician-assisted suicide. Some object to physician-assisted suicide itself, while others support a right to assisted suicide for people with terminal illnesses, but are reluctant to extent that right to people with mental illnesses on the ground that doctors cannot be certain that they are making a competent decision. In this talk, I argue that people with mental disorders should have the right to access physician-assisted death, no less than people with terminal or non-terminal medical conditions.

 

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Mar

09

Desiring Sleep: On the Bioethical Dimensions of Managing Somnolence - Eric Hengstebeck

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics program presents

A Montgomery Lecture

with

Eric Hengstebeck, PhD Candidate, English
MH&B Graduate Affiliate

Desiring Sleep: On the Bioethical Dimensions of Managing Somnolence

This talk explores the unique bioethical challenges posed by sleep in both the clinical setting, for patients as well as clinicians, and as a public health issue. Examples of these challenges will be drawn from literature, film, and popular culture, with the aim of developing a sleep-critical paradigm for understanding the healthy management of somnolence within and without the clinical setting.

 

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Mar

30

Katie Watson presents a Montgomery Lecture - Title TBA

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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Apr

13

Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program presents a Montgomery Lecture

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The speaker and topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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Apr

20

Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program presents a Montgomery Lecture

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The speaker and topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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Apr

27

Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program presents a Montgomery Lecture

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The speaker and topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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