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The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University helped to invent the field of bioethics, beginning a tradition of creative leadership in practical ethics that continues into the twenty-first century.


Featured Image: Thomas Eakins, The Gross Clinic, 1875. Like all featured images, this one was chosen for the way that its subject matter and representational choices raise and reflect bioethical issues. It is part of a series being developed by the KIE that pairs images like this one with critical commentary from bioethics students and scholars.
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Recent News


December 17, 2015

KIE seeks new scholar

A search committee chaired by Dr. Rebecca Kukla seeks a mid-career, tenured or tenure-ready scholar to join the KIE ranks.


December 10, 2015

Ethics Lab hosts design sessions on the ethics of big data

The Ethics Lab recently hosted multiple design sessions on big data. The team is currently identifying experts from academia and Georgetown’s alumni network to collaborate on the development and delivery of a new course for next year as well as direct impact projects on campus and beyond.


December 1, 2015

KIE director interviewed for Mosaic

Members of the Pregnancy & HIV/AIDS: Seeking Equitable Study (PHASES) team, including KIE director Maggie Little, were recently interviewed for Mosaic on their work in best practices for clinical research with pregnant women.

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