Lecture Series

The Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at Western Michigan University offers lectures each semester. See current event descriptions. Check back often for updates.

Current events


September 25 - “‘You Took an Oath!’ The Role of Oaths and Codes in Medical Education and their Representation in Film and Television,” noon on Microsoft Teams. Kayhan Parsi, professor of bioethics and health policy at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics, Loyola University Chicago, and Nanette Elster, associate professor at the Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Part of the 10th annual Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Conference. Co-Sponsors: Western Michigan University Medical Humanities Workgroup and Western Michigan University Dr. Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. Check back for link. Download flier.

Past events


January 16 - "Ethics by the Book: Current Issues in Medicine and Climate Policy," 4 p.m., Waldo Library, Meader Room (third floor). Panelists: Fritz Allhoff, Professor, Department of Philosophy, WMU; Sandra L. Borden, Professor, School of Communication, WMU; Ron Kramer, Professor, Department of Sociology, WMU. Co-sponsor: Waldo Libraries. Download flier.

February 6 - "The Menace and Ethics of Fake News: Imaginary Outlaws, Exalted Heroes and the Death of Ned Christie," 5 p.m., 1025 Brown Hall. Devon Mihesuah, Professor, Department of Humanities, University of Kansas. Co-sponsors: College of Arts and Sciences, Division of Multicultural Affairs, Institute for Intercultural and Anthropological Studies, Department of Philosophy. Download flier.


January 22 - Mitchell Winget, graduate student, Department of Philosophy, and Arthur Woodworth, pre-engineering major, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, "Essay Contest Winners on Making Ethics Vital," 4 p.m., 211 Bernhard Center. Download flier. Watch video.

February 6 - Laura Black, Associate Professor, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, “Engaging Communities in Difficult Conversations: Dialogue, Deliberation, and Engaged Scholarship,” 5 p.m. 1028 Brown Hall. Co-sponsors: School of Communication, Visiting Scholars and Artists Program, WMU Cooley Law School Center for Civil Discourse. Download flier. Watch video.

February 12 - Parker Crutchfield, Associate Professor, Program in Medical Humanities, Ethics and Law, WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, "Making People Better: Saving Us from Ourselves through Moral Enhancement,” 6:30 p.m., 211 Bernhard Center. Co-sponsors: WMU Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Department of Psychology. Download flier. Watch video.

March 12 - Charlie Kurth, Associate Professor, Philosophy Department,“Should Politicians be Anxious?” 6 p.m., 211 Bernhard Center. Co-sponsors: Department of History, Department of Political Science. Download flier. Watch video. Listen to podcast.

March 18 - Ron A. Cisler, Dean, College of Health and Human Services, “Does Community-Wide Public Health Prevention Work? From Reducing Teen Births to Addressing Today’s Opioid Epidemic,” 6 p.m., 210 Bernhard. Co-sponsor: College of Health and Human Services. Download flier. Rescheduled from Jan. 29.

March 25 - Susan Benesch, Faculty Associate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, and Director, Dangerous Speech Project, "Social Media and Mass Violence," Winnie Veenstra Peace Lecture, 6 p.m., Brown & Gold Room, Bernhard Center. Co-sponsors: School of Communication, Department of Political Science, Global and International Studies, Haenicke Institute for Global Education, Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War (KNOW), WMU Cooley Law School Center for Civil Discourse. Download flier. Listen to WMUK interview.

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