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KIE and BRL at Georgetown’s Orientation Week

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Bioethics Research Library (BRL) are proud to participate in this year’s New Student Orientation and Welcome Week.

The Institute and the Library are resources for the world and for Georgetown on topics such as ethics and global health, stem cells, genetics, the environment, nursing/medical ethics, and research ethics. KIE scholars teach a variety of great undergraduate courses, including “Global Justice and the Environment,” “Feminist Bioethics,” and “End of Life & the Law.” And the BRL has over 300,000 books, journal articles, audiovisuals, and other resources (not to mention its world-class subject experts) available for all Georgetown students, staff, and faculty.

Come to one of the following events to get to know us:

New Student Orientation – Prelude Program

Monday, August 29, 2011, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, Healy 102 (RSVP required)

The Prelude Program, a part of Georgetown University’s New Student Orientation (NSO) for incoming freshman and transfer students, introduces students to Georgetown’s academic resources and faculty interests. Maggie Little, Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and Laura Bishop, KIE’s Academic Program Officer for Outreach, Library & International Initiatives will present “Brave New World? Bioethics and the Future of Health Care,” a program on emerging issues in bioethics: personalized genomics, new issues in women’s health, global justice and its impact on health, and research on human subjects.

Additionally, members of the Undergraduate Bioethics Society will describe opportunities for undergraduates to engage with bioethics issues at Georgetown, including the chance to participate in planning the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference being held at Georgetown in 2013.

The event will be held in the Bioethics Research Library (Healy 102) on Monday, August 29, 2011 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. Enrollment is limited to 20 new Georgetown students and registration is handled by the NSO. Light refreshments will be served.

Welcome Week – Library Open House and Scavenger Hunt

Thursday, September 1, 2011, 3:00 – 5:00 pm, Healy 102

What are the ethics of enhancement? Through what means, if any, can you make yourself “bigger, brighter, and better than before”? The BRL may just hold the answer, as part of our collection focuses on ethical issues related to mental health and physical enhancement. Come meet the BRL information specialists, socialize with other undergrads interested in bioethics, and enjoy light refreshments at our open house. First test your knowledge of sports ethics and sports scandals, then participate in our campus scavenger hunt (starts at 4:00 pm). Winners from the scavenger hunt and the sports quiz will be entered into a drawing for Starbucks Coffee and Tombs gift cards.

Welcome Week – Library Resource Expo Table

Wednesday, September 7, 2011, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, outside Healy 102

Come learn about Georgetown’s hidden gem of a study space: Healy 102. The Bioethics Research Library (BRL) is open to all students, regardless of school or major. The BRL offers great research materials on ethics and healthcare, research, environmental issues, animal welfare, and other topics. The space is ideal for studying, featuring computer workstations, Wi-Fi, carrels, couches, a quiet atmosphere, and a recently renovated ceiling featuring beautifully illustrated panels that represent the international history of the written word and the book with images ranging from Babylon, to Japan, to Persia, to Ireland and Scotland.