Conversations About Ethics Lecture Series

“Conversations About Ethics” is a twice-annual series of lectures and discussions on ethical issues that affect health care throughout the life cycle. Each installment typically consists of a daytime workshop and evening lecture. “Conversations About Ethics” is presented by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Ecumenical Center with generous support from Methodist Healthcare Ministries.

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Past Lectures

July 23, 2019
Roshi Joan Halifax, PhD
Cultivating Compassion Video
November 6, 2018
Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD
Legal and Ethical Considerations in Physician-Assisted Suicide Video

Daniel J Thompson, PhD, APA-CCP/Substance Abuse
The Quantum Paradigm: A New Epoch and a New Ethic in Health Cares

June 28, 2018
Christina Puchalski, MD, MS, FACP, FAAHPM
Spirituality and Health
October 5, 2017
Anna Lembke, MD
Drug Dealer, MD
June 19, 2017
Laurie Zoloth, PhD
Maternal Mortality
October 18-19, 2016
Diane Meier, MD, FACP
Ethical Issues in Palliative Care Video
April 5, 2016
America Bracho, MD, MPH
Reaching Vulnerable Populations through Promotores Video
December 9, 2015
Joseph LeDoux, PhD
When Memory Deceives Video
June 9, 2015
Paul Root Wolpe, PhD
Is My Mind Mine? Video
December 4, 2014
James P. Evans, MD, PhD
Genomic Medicine: What Do You Want to Know About Your Genome?

John Rolland, MD, MPH
Families and the New Era of Genetics: Meeting Clinical and Ethical Challenges Video

July 24, 2014
Diane Meier, MD, FACP
Before Birth and Throughout Life: Ethical Considerations in Genomic Sequencing Video

John Rolland, MD, MPH
Families and the New Era of Genetics: Meeting Clinical and Ethical Challenges

October 1, 2013
Lee Taft, JD, MDiv
Disclosing Adverse Events in Patient Care
March 19, 2013
Nancy Berlinger, PhD, MDiv
After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness

Lee Taft, JD, MDiv
Disclosing Medical Errors

October 10, 2012
Anil T. Mangla, PhD, MPH; Kevin C. Moriarty, MS; Efrem Castillo, MD; Leticia Van de Putte, RPh; Robert Ferrer, MD, MPH; Martha I. Castilla
Moving Toward a Healthy Community: Health Disparities and Mending the Gaps in Bexar County

R. Esteban Montilla, PhD
An Intercultural Perspective on Aspirational Ethics to Promote Inclusive Care

May 1, 2012
Robert Sapolsky, PhD
Lowering Blood Pressure as a Moral Act: Stress, Health and Socioeconomic Status

Margaret Kemeny, PhD (on May 10, 2014)
Biology of Self and “No Self”: Emotions, Contemplation, Compassion and Health

October 24, 2011
Jerald Winakur, MD; Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche; and Rabbi Jack  Bemporad, MA
An Interreligious Dialogue on Religious & Secular Approaches to Suffering & Healing
April 28, 2011
James Gordon, MD
Connecting Mind – Body – Health: Finding Wellness Through Complementary Medicine
November 15, 2010
Christopher Thomas Scott, PhD
From Bench to Bank to Breakthrough: New Directions in Stem Cell Ethics and Policy

Connie J. Eaves, PhD
Stem Cells – The Hype and the Reality

Col. Robert G. Hale, DDS, LTC, MIL
The Need for Regenerative Medicine

March 25, 2010
Ira Byock, MD
Through the End of Life

Henry Perkins, MD
“Caring For” at the End of Life: Social, Psychological and Spiritual Dimensions

October 19, 2009
Kenneth I. Shine, MD; Stuart Altman, PhD; David Hunt, MD; Ana M. Malinow, MD; and J. James Rohack, MD
Health Care is Broken: How Do We Fix It?
March 30, 2009
Thomas H. Murray, PhD
The Worth of a Child