NIH Joint Colloquium in Bioethics 2018-2019

The KIE is proud to continue as a co-sponsor of the Joint Bioethics Colloquium for 2018-19.

The Joint Colloquium in Bioethics is a topical seminar that meets 4-5 times each semester at the NIH Clinical Center to discuss the work of distinguished visiting speakers. The seminar is co-sponsored by the NIH Department of Bioethics, The Kennedy Institute of Ethics, and the Philosophy Departments of George Washington University and the University of Maryland.

Meetings are held at the NIH Clinical Center Department of Bioethics, between 3:30 and 5:30 and include a two-hour discussion of the visiting scholar’s work (circulated ahead of time), followed by an informal dinner on-site. Discussion is friendly but quite lively as a diversity of perspectives is represented. The seminars are attended by a small and select group of faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral candidates.

For additional information, please contact Sean Aas ( at the KIE or David DeGrazia ( at the NIH.

Fall 2018 – Robotics, A.I., and Ethics

  • September 26 – Tina Elliasi-Rad, Northwestern University
  • October 9 – Illah Norbaksh, Carnegie Mellon University
  • October 23 – David Danks, Carnegie Mellon University
  • November 13 – Alex London, Carnegie Mellon University
  • December 11 – Colin Allen, University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2019 – Gene Editing

  • January 29 – John Tisdale, NIH/NHLBI
  • March 12 – Josephine Johnston, Hastings Center
  • April 9 – Jeff Kahn, Johns Hopkins University
  • April 23 – Ron Green, Dartmouth College (emeritus)

List of Past Topics

  • Animal Research Ethics
  • Consciousness
  • Feminism
  • Topics in Neuroscience: Ethical Explorations
  • Moral Responsibility in Relation to Biological Causes
  • Global Justice
  • Parenting and Procreation
  • Complicity
  • The Ethics of Incentives
  • Discrimination, Stereotyping and Profiling
  • Duty to Rescue
  • Risk
  • Compromise
  • Deception
  • Moral Luck
  • Paternalism
  • Forgiveness
  • Role Morality
  • Emotions
  • Empirical Moral Psychology
  • Disabilities
  • Obligations to Future Generations
  • The Moral Status of Embryos, Fetuses and Infants
  • Enhancements
  • Equality in Healthcare
  • Non-ideal Ethical Theory and Practice
  • The Ethical Basis of Human Rights
  • The Moral and Health Significance of the Natural
  • Coercion and Manipulation
  • Equality
  • Exploitation
  • International Justice and Biomedical Research
  • Trust
  • Health Disparities