Lecture Series

 Virtual Film Series

We are partnering with A2Ethics to host a two-part film series on Zoom on the theme of vigilantism.

Wednesday, October 12

2014 Bollywood film Ungli (The Finger)

Watch on your own or join watch party on Zoom at 6 p.m.
Online discussion on Zoom at 8 p.m.

 

Wednesday, November 9

2017 Vice documentary Age of Consent: Canada's Original Vigilante Pedophile Hunter

Watch on your own or join watch party on Zoom at 7 p.m.
Online discussion on Zoom at 8 p.m.

 

Lecture Series

The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University offers programs each semester. All events are free and open to the public. See current event descriptions. Check back often for updates.

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Current events

2022

September 23 – “Improving End-of-Life Care: The 3 Wishes Program,” keynote address at the 2022 Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference, 4 p.m. on Teams. Thanh Neville, pulmonologist at UCLA Health and assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care at the University of California, Los Angeles. Co-sponsors: WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, WMU Medical Humanities Working Group, WMU Department of Philosophy. Register to receive Teams meeting link. Download flier.

October 11 - “Unethical Treatment of Marginalized Populations in the Name of Medicine,” 7 p.m. in Room 4010, College of Health and Human Services building. Harriet A. Washington, award-winning medical writer and editor. Book signing directly after the lecture. Co-sponsors: the WMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Book sales: this is a bookstore & Bookbug. Major funding from the WMU Ethics Center’s Shirley Bach Endowment for the Ethics Center. Arrangements for the appearance of Harriet Washington made through UTA Speakers, New York, NY. Download flier.

November 3 – “Conspiracy Theories in Germany and the U.S.,”4 p.m., 1730 Sangren Hall. Thomas Stelzl, lecturer in history education, University of Passau (Germany). Co-sponsor: WMU Department of History. Download flier.

November 17 – “Uncertain Expertise in Trans Medicine,2022 Burian Lecture, 6 p.m., in person in Room 4010, College of Health and Human Services building and live streamed on the CHHS YouTube Channel. stef shuster, assistant professor of sociology, Michigan State University. Co-sponsors: WMU College of Health and Human Services’ Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; WMU Department of Sociology; WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, WMU School of Social Work. RSVP. Download flier. Watch video.

November 30 – “Medical Error and the RaDonda Vaught Verdict,” panel discussion of nurse’s criminal conviction and sentence for administering the wrong medicine to a patient with fatal results, 6 p.m. in person in Room 4010 of the College of Health and Human Services building. Moderator: Elissa Allen, assistant professor, WMU School of Nursing. Panelists: Jamie Brown, president of the Michigan Nurses Association; James “Chip” Falahee Jr., senior vice president of legal and legislative affairs for the Bronson Healthcare Group; Nayeli Guandique-Benitez, third-year student, Bronson School of Nursing; Aaron Lane-Davies, chief of quality for the Bronson Medical Group; Jaide Woods-Dawson, medical student leader, WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine’s Bioethics Interest Group. Co-sponsors: Bronson School of Nursing, WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Download flier.

Past events

2022

January 18 - “The Pains of Being (Im)pure at Heart: Moral Enhancement and the Public Good,” panel discussion of Moral Enhancement and the Public Good, 6 pm. on Teams. Moderator: Michael Redinger, co-chair of WMed’s Department of Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law. Panelists: Parker Crutchfield, associate professor, WMed Department of Medical Ethics, Humanities, and Law; Nada Gligorov, associate professor of bioethics and director of graduate studies at Alden March Bioethics Institute; Jonathan Anomaly, Philosophy, Politics, and Economics master’s program at Universidad de las Américas (Mexico); and Fabrice Jotterand, director of the Philosophies of Medical Education Transformation Laboratory (P-METaL) in the Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern Institute for the Transformation of Medical Education at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Hosted by Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Download flier. Watch video.

February 16 - “Ethics and the Lifespan of a Fact,” 6 p.m. on Webex. Discussion of ethical issues concerning facts, truth and the media facilitated by D. Terry Williams, director of Farmers Alley Theatre’s production of “Lifespan of a Fact,” with School of Communication Professor Sue Ellen Christian, English Professor Richard Katrovas and the cast of the play: Paul Stroili, Laurie Carter Rose and Myles Schwarz. Co-sponsors: Farmers Alley Theatre, School of Communication, Department of English. Register for link. Download flier.

March 14 - “Do We Have an Ethical Duty of Moral Attention?” A conversation with Victoria Vuletich, founder and CEO, Ethics², 6 p.m. on Webex. Register for link. Download flier. Watch video.

March 24 - "Medical Bondage," 12 p.m. at W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus Auditorium, 300 Portage Street in downtown Kalamazoo. Deirdre Cooper Owens, Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and Director of the Humanities in Medicine Program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Additional presentations by Jaide Woods Dawson, M1 WMed medical student; Angie Tsuei, MD, PGY-III WMed OB/Gyn resident; and Catherine Kothari, PhD, WMed community health research faculty. Co-sponsor: Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Download flier.

March 30 - “Business Ethics and Sustainability,” 4 p.m. on Webex. Timothy Palmer, WMU professor of management, Haworth Business College. Co-sponsor: Haworth College of Business Center for Sustainable Business Practices. Register for link. Download flier. Watch video.

April 5 - “Disputed Memorials and the Moral Standards Question, a conversation with Ainsley Carry, vice-president for students, University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada), 6 p.m. on Webex. Co-sponsor: Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Register for link. Download flier. Watch video.

April 12 - Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture with Amitav Ghosh, author of The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis (2021, U of Chicago Press). 7 p.m. on Webex. Presented in partnership with the Climate Change Working Group. Co-sponsors: this is a bookstore & Bookbug, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, the WMU College of Arts and Sciences, the WMU Office for Sustainability, the WMU Department of English, the WMU Institute of the Environment and Sustainability’s Gwen Frostic Committee, the WMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the University Center for the Humanities. Register for link. Download flier. Listen to podcast.

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