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Greetings from Stephen Latham, Bioethics Center Director

The Yale Program in Agrarian Studies is hosting a multi-day conference that began today: "Pig Out — Hogs and Humans in Global and Historical Context." It's not too late to join for at least some of the events. Details at the link.

Our friends at the Medical School's Program for Biomedical Ethics will host Dr. Joel Frader (Northwestern Medical, Pediatrics & Bioethics) speaking on "Ethical Issues in Pediatric Palliative Care," this Wednesday at 5pm at the Cohen Auditorium of the Yale Child Study Center. Details at the link and in this week's calendar, below. The following week they'll have an unusual ethics seminar: Douglas Hood, a PA at YNHH, will be presenting a discussion of the case of a 17 year old high school student convicted of killing her newborn baby in Danbury, CT. Doug will present “A Case of Neonaticide” on October 27; details at the link.

Our Animal Ethics group will host a public lecture by Cheryl Rosa, D.V.M., Ph.D, Deputy Director, U.S. Arctic Research Commission, on “Arctic Entanglements: Welfare & Survival of Large Whales,” on Thursday, October 29, at 5:15pm in the ISPS building. All are welcome!

The Dean and Faculty of Yale Law School will mark the death of our beloved friend and colleague Robert A. Burt, Alexander M. Bickel Professor Emeritus of Law, on Sunday, November 1, at 2pm, in the Levinson Auditorium of the Yale Law School. Please join us as we remember and celebrate Professor Bo Burt.

  Updates from the Summer Institute

Campus Events

Conferences & Off Campus Events

Grants, Fellowships & Jobs

Calls for Papers & Nominations



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Updates from the Summer Institute

From Summer Institute Director Carol Pollard

Evie Kendal’s new book is available for purchase and shipping now!  Here’s the url -- and click here for a picture of Evie with the book!  (Congratulations Evie and yes, what a pretty cover!)

Eduardo Santaela from 350.org writes: “The biggest U.N. climate conference of the decade is happening in Paris in less than 2 months. The weekend before it starts, the world will stand together in a weekend of global action to send a powerful message to governments meeting in Paris: keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Today, we want to invite you to join the Global Climate March chorus by leading an action in your community. With people everywhere showing that we are a powerful, big and diverse movement ready to take the streets and push for climate action, we will have the chance to set the climate conference agenda for ambition — the ambition to build the future we need. 28-29 November: Organize a Global Climate March action where you live.”  For more information, e-mail 350@350.org

Patrick Nagel writes: “Since my second attendance at the Summer Institute, a lot has changed in my life.  I'm a musician now…which doesn't necessarily mean that I'm making music all day.  At the moment I'm more what we Germans like to call a "Bürohengst" (literal translation: "office stallion"), which means I'm sitting in my home office all day, planning concerts (mostly for others at the moment), designing flyers and posters etc. I got back together with my old drummer though, so I got back on track with my own music career: I have a "practice room," and I'm forming a band right now. As soon as the room is ready (you've seen our renovation works on Facebook), we're going to write some new songs and hopefully record a new album soon! Although I'm not keeping in touch with everybody I met at the Program, I'm thinking about them from time-to-time. I am very happy when I get a "like," or something else, from some of them on my Facebook page, because then I'm thinking maybe they're keeping track of my music-process a little bit. At the same time I'm feeling very bad for not writing them then. If this text makes it into the Friday Newsletter: Greetings to everybody from Germany!  I hope to see all of you again when I'm touring around the world someday! Via this google drive link you find some photos of me and my journey as a musician.”  (Congratulations Patrick, and I hope all goes well for you in the recording studio.)

Karen Nakamura, one of our Morning Lecturers, was just interviewed in the YaleNews about the Americans with Disabilities Act being 25 years old and what that means to her.  (Congratulations Karen!) 

Csaba Bardossy sent a picture of the latest addition to his family.  His name is Mr. Berry (in English)! (Congratulations Csaba and Nori on the new addition!)

Here is a link to the article Elin Doval presented at last summer’s symposium, "
Self-Determinations Intrinsic Value For Post-Exile Cuban-American Women." (Congratulations Elin!)

Registration for exhibit and advertising space is now open for the Twenty-fifth International Conference of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics taking place February 18-21, 2016, in Reston, Virginia.  For more information and to register for exhibit space at the conference, please visit their website: http://appe.indiana.edu/annual-conference/book-resource-and-publisher-information/

Ryan Adams writes: “I’m interning at the Lexington County Solicitor’s office in South Carolina and practicing for South Carolina’s Mock Trial competition that starts later this month.”  (Good Luck Ryan!)

The paper Shawna Benston wrote for last summer’s Symposium, "Not of Minor Consequence?: Medical Decision-Making Autonomy and the Mature Minor Doctrine," is forthcoming in the Indiana Health Law Review, Vol. 13, No. 1 (2016). (Congratulations, Shawna!)

Evie Lindemann sent an article titled “Ten Countries With The Best Care For The Dying.” Evie added: “We all want a high quality of life, but what about the quality of death?”  (Thank you Evie!)

Tulio Cesar Rubio-Rodriguez wanted us to view these articles.  (Thank you Tulio!)

Helen Smith sent along some information “for the Australian Alumni”:  You are invited to a private screening and Q&A discussion regarding forced organ harvesting in China: what is Australia’s ethical responsibility and why does it matter?  The event is Wednesday,  October 28th, 6 pm – 8:30 pm, Macquarie Room, NSW Parliament House, 6 Macquaire Street, Sydney, Australia.  Light refreshments will be served; please RSVP to rsvp@unseen.is    (Thank you Helen!) 

Mohammad Usman wanted us all to have his updated e-mail address: mohammad.usman786@gmail.com

Michelle Groman, associate director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, who came to give us lectures during the past few summers on the Commission’s work, recently was married.  She sent a photo, so please click here to see the beautiful bride!  (Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Life!) 

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This Week on Campus


Dr. Joel Frader, Northwestern University (Pediatrics, Medical Humanities, Bioethics), will speak on "Ethics Issues in Pediatric Palliative Care" at 5pm, Cohen Auditorium of the Yale Child Study Center.

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Conferences & Off Campus Events

Bayan Claremont, the Initiative on Islam & Medicine within the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago, and the Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue present a one-day conference on Dignity and Healthcare at the End of Life: Abrahamic Faiths in a Bioethics Conversation, on October 24, at the Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. Details at the link.

The O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law Colloquium at the Georgetown University Law Center presents “MERS: An Emerging Threat to Global Health Security,” this Wednesday at 1:20pm at the Georgetown Law Faculty Dining Room on First Street in Washington, DC.

Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center is presenting a conference entitled, "Reflections in Honor of the Life and Influence of Professor Alan Wertheimer," on the afternoon of November 4 at Wasserstein Hall.

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Grants, Fellowships, & Jobs

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UBMS) College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Health Administration and Policy Program (HAPP) announces a tenure-track assistant/associate professorship to begin next fall. HAPP is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program that offers tracks in Health Services Administration, Health Policy, and Public Health Applications close on November 10.  Details here.

The WellStar Health System of Atlanta Georgia is looking for Clinical Ethicist to perform clinical ethics consultation, ethics education and ethics policy development and review. Details here.

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Calls for Papers & Nominations

The Academy for Professionalism in Health Care has a call for papers for its 4th Annual Conference to be held on April 28-30, 2016 in Philadelphia: “Creating Cultures of Professionalism: Education, Assessment, Accreditation.” This year’s theme encourages participants to explore strategies for creating and sustaining cultures of professionalism in health professions education and clinical practice from various disciplinary perspectives and within various health professions.

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Articles of Interest

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In the News


"Planned Parenthood revises reimbursement policy after video uproar," Reuters, Oct. 13.

Drug Pricing

"Transatlantic Divide: How US pays 3 times more for drugs," Reuters, Ben Hirschler, Oct. 12.

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In the Journals


"Community approaches to the opioid crisis," Howard Koh, MD, Oct. 13

Journal of Medical Ethics

"Against euthanasia for children: a response to Bovens," Christopher Kaczor, Oct. 16.


"Improving Value in Health Care — Against the Annual Physical,"  Ateev Mehrotra, M.D., M.P.H., and Allan Prochazka, M.D., Oct. 15

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