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.

Mar

30

Ordinary Abortion - Katie Watson

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities and Bioethics program presents

A Montgomery Lecture

with

Katie Watson, JD
Associate Professor, Medical Education
Faculty, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program
Member, Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Ordinary Abortion

Many physicians and patients privately experience abortion as ordinary healthcare, while many public discussions of abortion treat it as extraordinary. In this lecture, Professor Watson will explore the reasons behind this public/private disjuncture, the cost of highlighting extreme cases on both sides of the issue, and the potential benefit of refocusing the public abortion discussion on the hidden majority of abortion need and the quiet majority of abortion opposition.

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Apr

03

SHC Klopsteg Lecture: PAULA FINDLEN

Evanston - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

PAULA FINDLEN: History, Stanford University

“Projecting Nature: Agostino Scilla's Fossil Illustrations”

Description: What can an image tell us about nature? Agostino Scilla’s Vain Speculation Undeceived by Sense (1670) has been the subject of a growing discussion as an important contribution to the development of a new understanding of the nature of fossils as a record of the earth’s history in the mid-seventeenth century. The fact that Scilla was a painter who drew his own illustrations from his collection in Messina, subsequently engraved by the Perugian artist Pietro Santi Bartoli in Rome, makes his work even more interesting for understanding the evolution of scientific illustrations and diagrams. This talk explores some of the unique features of Scilla’s representations of fossils as key element of the significance of his contribution to natural history. What inspired his new approach to depicting fossils? How might we see this as an example of visual thinking?

Bio:

Paula Findlen is Ubaldo Pierotti Professor of Italian History and Chair of the History Department at Stanford University. She co-founded the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies and has directed the Suppes Center for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Her research and teaching focuses on the early history of science and medicine as well as an understanding of the Italian Renaissance world and its ramifications beyond the Renaissance.

Professor Findlen has received fellowships from the ACLS, NEH, American Philosophical Society, Delmas Foundation, Stanford Humanities Center, Getty Center, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, and Guggenheim. Her publications include Possessing Nature: Museums, Collecting and Scientific Culture in Early Modern Italy (1994), which received the Howard Marraro Prize in Italian History (1995) and the Pfizer Prize for best book in History of Science (1996). Other publications include Merchants and Marvels: Commerce, Science, and Art in Early Modern Europe (2002), Athanasius Kircher: The Last Man Who Knew Everything (2004), Italy's Eighteenth Century (2009), and more recently Early Modern Things (2013) and Birds, Other Animals, and Natural Curiosities. The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo, series B, Natural History vol. 4-5 (2017). She has also been awarded the Nelson Prize from the Renaissance Society of America (1990), the Derek Price Prize for the best article in the history of science (1995) and the Margaret Rossiter Prize for the history of women in science (2004).

Professor Findlen is the 2016 recipient of the Premio Galileo for her contributions to understanding Italian culture. Her essays have appeared regularly in The Nation.

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Apr

13

Kathy Neely 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

20

John Franklin 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

21

Understanding the Causes of Misperceptions About Prognosis... Douglas B. White

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities presents

a lecture

with

Douglas B. White, MD, MAS

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Department of Critical Care Medicine

Vice Chair and Professor of Critical Care Medicine

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Endowed Chair for
Ethics in Critical Care Medicine

Director, Program on Ethics and Decision Making in Critical Illness

Understanding the Causes of Misperceptions About Prognosis Among Surrogate Decision-Makers in ICUs

Surrogate decision-makers in ICUs often have inaccurate expectations about their
loved one’s prognosis. This is a problem because prognostic information influences treatment decisions near the end of life. Although the cause of the disconnect about prognosis is often attributed to misunderstandings by surrogates of physicians' prognostications, this assumption has not been empirically validated. This presentation will address empirical work on the causes and consequences of discordance about prognosis. It will also address the development of an intervention to improve surrogate decision-making in ICUs.

Objectives:

1. To explore the causes and consequences of misperceptions about prognosis among surrogate decision-makers in ICUs.
2. To describe the development of an intervention to improve surrogate decision-making in ICUs.

 

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Apr

27

Anna Fenton-Hathaway 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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May

04

A Picture of Health: Visualizing Care in Late Ottoman Istanbul - Zeynep Devrim Gürsel

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program,
in co-sponsorship with the Keyman Modern Turkish Studies Program

presents

Zeynep Devrim Gürsel, PhD
Assistant Professor
International Studies Department
Macalester College
Saint Paul, Minnesota

This talk addresses a specific album from the 1890s found among Ottoman sultan Abdülhamit's collection which shows female patients of the Haseki Women's Hospital after they have regained their health. These formal portraits show each patient modestly dressed in hospital issued uniform yet baring her abdomen to show a surgical scar. In a bell jar on the ornate table each woman leans on is displayed the tumor removed by the gynecological surgeon. How might we make sense of the surgeon's signature on each plate (and differently on each abdomen in the form of a scar) despite the images having been made by a prominent studio photographer? How does this album require us to rethink agency in photography? How do we make sense of these images displaying that which was once internal to these women, to themselves, the surgeon and the sultan? Does the appearance of these images in an album at the palace collapse traditional differences between medical and political imaging technologies? How is care being visualized and to what political end? What kinds of relationships are materialized in this album?

The photo albums of Ottoman sultan and Islamic leader Abdulhamit II (1876-1909) who dispatched photographers to four corners of his empire contain some 35,000 images. This visual archive documents state projects such as military and government buildings, hospitals, factories, massive engineering projects, schools, mosques, and cityscapes, and includes a large collection of police photographs. The sultan’s collection also contains albums sent to him by diplomats, foreign heads of state and individual foreigners and Ottoman subjects, including doctors.

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May

05

Medical Humanities & Bioethics Conference: Producing Knowledge, Evolving Practice - May 5, 2017

No Location -

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities presents

a conference

In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program, we are thrilled to announce our upcoming conference. We hope you’ll join us as we share research and scholarship among our MA alumni and others in the Northwestern community!

THE EXACT TIME AND LOCATION WILL BE POSTED SOON.

 

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May

11

Cecilio Cooper 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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May

18

Richard Miller 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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