Library and Institute Visit National Conference

The Kennedy Institute of Ethics had a strong presence at this year’s meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH), Oct. 13–16 in Minneapolis, MN.

A number of Institute scholars and affiliates attended the meeting, including some who were there for the explicit purpose of bringing word of the KIE’s many programs and initiatives of interest to the interdisciplinary population at ASBH. Laura Bishop represented the Bioethics Research Library (BRL), while the Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal (KIEJ) was represented by Editors-in-Chief Rebecca Kukla and Madison Powers, along with Managing Editor Kelly Heuer.

The KIE booth was a popular one in the exhibition hall, with many visitors stopping by to share fond memories of the BRL or the KIE’s Intensive Bioethics Course (IBC), or to request information about future IBC events and KIEJ submissions and subscriptions. Visitors were able to explore the BRL’s new Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics resource guide right at the table, and picked up literature about the BRL’s holdings and the KIEJ’s new mission statement and online presence. ASBH can be an exhausting conference, with multiple sessions double- and triple-booked over four packed days. But it’s always a fantastic learning experience, too, as clinicians, chaplains, theologians, philosophers, policy engineers, scientists, lawyers, and those of even more varied backgrounds come together under the umbrella of bioethics to share their ideas.