An annual campus-wide conversation on a crucial bioethics issue.


Hosted by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University, Conversations in Bioethics brings together creative student work, distinguished speakers, and the broader campus community to explore a topic in bioethics and inspire leadership for change.


2018: Data Ethics

This year’s panel was held February 1st and focused on data ethics. The event was filmed and can be viewed at the link below. Our esteemed panelists included:

– Chuck Todd, NBC News Political Director and moderator of “Meet the Press”
– Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and mathematician, author of New York Time’s best seller “Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy”
– Rick Smolan, photographer, CEO of Against All Odds Productions, and New York Times best-selling author
– Mayra Buvinic, Senior Fellow, Data2X, United Nations Foundation


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2015: Personal Genomics

Our genes are an essential part of the story of who we are, and will become. What that story means, how sure we may be of its details, how much of it we want to hear and how much we may want others to know of it—these are part of the Pandora’s box of questions […]

2016: Making Families

Rarely in our history has the notion of family been so fluid—or so contested. This year, we focused on the many ways that families can be built in an age of assisted reproductive technology, anonymous sperm donation, increasing acceptance of same-sex relationships, surrogate pregnancy and more. Questions of justice and law arise in relation to […]

2017: Disability

What is a disability, anyway? In an era of ever-growing pharmaceutical enhancement, what counts as intellectually disabled, and why would that matter? How does the way we define disability (and normalcy) impact the just distribution of resources in society — and the way society treats those who happen to fall outside the norm? How are foundational […]

2018: Data Ethics

We willingly share data about ourselves all the time. Consider the amount of data you share intentionally in the course of one day: on social media, on convenience apps, on ride-hailing services. What happens to all that data? We are coming to understand that it paints a picture of individuals, communities and our world that […]