Conversations in Bioethics is an annual campus-wide discussion of a crucial bioethics issue. Hosted by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, this series brings together creative student work, distinguished speakers, and the broader campus community to explore a topic in bioethics and inspire leadership for change.
This year's focus: Disability. 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 concepts in ethics like dignity or autonomy complicated by reflection on the many ways we are dependent on others in the course of any “normal” human lifespan?
Beginning 6pm EST, KIE director Maggie little will moderate a lively and personal discussion with a panel of experts. Doors open for seating at 5:45. Join us here at Georgetown in Gaston Hall, or watch remotely as the event is live-streamed. (Check back for link.) American Sign Language interpretation will be provided.