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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.

Recent News

January 18, 2017

KIE alum speaks out on the opioid crisis

Former KIE Fellow Travis Rieder pens a personal and philosophical essay — and takes to the airwaves — on opioid dependence and the ethics of long-term pain management.

January 16, 2017

KIE scholars weigh in on ethics of pregnancy and clinical research in new book

KIE Director Maggie Little and Senior Research Scholar Rebecca Kukla publish chapters in Clinical Research Involving Pregnant Women, edited by Françoise Baylis and Angela Ballantyne.

January 13, 2017

New DVDs added to Library collection

This month, the Institute’s Bioethics Research Library added several classic films to its collection of DVDs available to students and patrons. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started.

Upcoming Events


Conversations in Bioethics: Student Gallery

Healy Foyer: 5pm

This year's topic celebrates one of the issues at the heart of the KIE story: disability. Browse a gallery of student work and enjoy passed drinks and hors d'oeuvres.


Conversations in Bioethics: Panel Discussion

Gaston Hall: 6:00pm

This year's topic celebrates one of the issues at the heart of the KIE story: disability. Join us in person or watch via live stream!


America’s Deadly Opioid Epidemic: Is There a Path Forward? Travis Rieder speaks at NIH

Natcher Conference Room D, NIH: 3:00pm–4:08pm

Join us at the NIH for a presentation by former KIE alum Travis Rieder. His talk, "America’s Deadly Opioid Epidemic: Is There a Path Forward?" concerns the Opioid Dilemma: how do we prevent the predictable harms of widespread opioid prescribing without harming pain patients?


PRIMR Webinar: Research with Children and Adolescents in Elementary and Secondary Schools

Online: 1:00pm–2:30pm

Research conducted with students in elementary and secondary school settings presents specific considerations for IRBs and researchers. Through interactive case studies, speakers will examine specific topics as they relate to research conducted in K-12 schools.

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