New Directions at IBC 38

This year’s Intensive Bioethics Course had a capacity audience: 143 participants from 13 countries as well as 27 US States and the District of Columbia.

Highlights from IBC 38 include:

  • In addition to the plenary lectures delivered by the KIE’s faculty, we had sessions given by Christine Grady, Ph.D., R.N., Chief of the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (on Research Ethics) and Henk A. M. J. ten Have, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA (on Vulnerability).
  • Newly revised for this year was the popular Library Proseminar. The full-to-capacity Proseminar took on a new format that combines high-level overviews of bioethics research tools with in-depth and hands-on instruction.
  • A variety of Special Topics sessions were offered: Futility (Robert Veatch), Institutional Integrity and Organizational Ethics (Carol Taylor), Feminist Bioethics (Maggie Little), Animal Ethics (John Gluck), and Bioethics Movie Clips (Laura Bishop).
  • New this year was food with a focus on ethical production. The Institute contracted with Bon Appétit Café, a California-based caterer has won several awards for their socially responsible business model from organizations such as the Ecological Society of America, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Food Alliance. Their commitment to sustainable and local products, humanely produced meat and dairy, and migrant workers’ rights mirror those of the KIE.
  • In addition to our well-attended opening and closing events, we held our first International Reception to welcome the 50+ foreign attendees, who came from 13 countries around the globe.