Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Events

The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities sponsors many lectures and events during the academic year. Please see the calendar below for a listing of our upcoming events—as well as relevant events presented by other groups at Northwestern University and its affiliated clinical partners.

Jan

22

The New Truths of Sex: Operationalizing Sexual Health

Evanston - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

In recent decades, the idea that people may aspire to something called “sexual health” has traveled widely in both professional and lay domains. My book project examines the rise of new conceptions and formal definitions of sexual health in the 1970s; the remarkable proliferation and diversification of sexual health meanings and projects beginning in the 1990s; and the implications of these new ways of conjoining sexuality and health for science, politics, and selfhood. My talk draws on material from one chapter of the book to consider scientific and bureaucratic projects that seek to operationalize the concept of sexual health in formal ways—in particular, to measure, standardize, survey, and classify it. I examine the development of a number of rationalizing efforts—including sexual health assessment tools, sexual health surveys, and sexual health taxonomies—all of which are intended to produce new truths of sex. I describe three fundamental tensions embedded in these projects that complicate their enactment: between the appeals of simplicity and complexity; between the will to know and the will to not know; and between the goal of defining normality and the urge to destigmatize sexuality. Together, these tensions shed light on how sexual truth-making is transformed by its conjunction with the imperative of health.

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Jan

23

NMH Ethics presents a Schwartz Rounds - Protecting the Caregiver: Safety in Caring for Angry and Violent Patients

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Northwestern Memorial Hospital presents

A Schwartz Rounds

Protecting the Caregiver: Safety in Caring for Angry and Violent Patients

Moderator:

M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC
Chaplain, Spiritual Care and Education
NMH Medical Ethics, Program Manager

Panelists:

Alan "Tony" Amberg, APN, CNP
Psychosomatics Consult Liaison
Stone Institute of Psychiatry

Ali Kanuit, MSW, LCSW
Social Work Clinical Leader
Complex Discharge Team

Paige McAdams, RN
Emergency Department

Brian MacGregor, RN
13W Feinberg, Medicine Unit

Schwartz Center Rounds® is a multidisciplinary forum where caregivers discuss difficult emotional and social issues that arise in caring for patients.

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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Jan

25

Integrating Healthcare Chaplains into Shared Decision Making - Jeanne Wirpsa

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Master of Arts in Medical Humanities & Bioethics program presents

A Montgomery Lecture

with

M. Jeanne Wirpsa, MA, BCC
Program Manager & Clinical Ethicist, Medical Ethics Program
Chaplain, Spiritual Care & Education
Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Integrating Healthcare Chaplains into Shared Decision Making

A cornerstone of patient-centered care is shared decision making (SDM) which pairs the expertise of medical providers with the values, beliefs, and goals of the patient. The majority of studies on SDM focus on the physician-patient dyad, with some attention to the role of nurses. Scant research has been conducted on the roles played by other members of the interdisciplinary team.

This talk will present original research on the role of healthcare chaplains in SDM. Findings suggest that chaplains are positioned to address three barriers to SDM identified in the literature: 1) The lack of attention to religion/spirituality by other members of the healthcare team; 2) The lack of attention to the patient’s story and values embedded therein; and 3) Medical culture’s fast pace, fragmented doctor-patient relationship, and obfuscating use of medical jargon.

 

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Feb

01

Megan Crowley-Matoka presents a Montgomery Lecture for Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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Feb

06

NMH Medical Ethics Grand Rounds - Abortion as a Moral Act: Embracing Ethical Pluralism in American Hospitals

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

NMH Medical Ethics presents

Ethics Grand Rounds

with

Katie Watson, JD
Adjunct Professor of Medical Education and
  Obstetrics and Gynecology
Faculty, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Graduate Program
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Abortion as a Moral Act:
Embracing Ethical Pluralism in American Hospitals

Medical Ethics Committee is pleased to announce this year's programs to engage you, challenge you and invite you to share your insights into patient care. The purpose of these sessions is to promote ethical decision-making in health care.

This event is not presented by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities. We are sharing it here with permission.

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Feb

08

Megan Crowley-Matoka presents a Montgomery Lecture for Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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Feb

12

"Modalities of Materiality: Peoples, Plants, and Patents in South Africa"

Evanston - 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Hoodia gordonii is a succulent plant known by Indigenous San peoples for a variety of uses, including for food, water, and energy. In 1998, South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) made claims to knowing the plant as molecule when they obtained patent rights to Hoodia’s chemical compositions in the hopes that they, in partnership with Pfizer and eventually Unilever, could develop Hoodia as an anti-obesity product. San peoples, however, opposed the patenting of their indigenous knowledge. As a heterogeneous group, San did not all agree, but they mobilized through their own South African San Council to demand a benefit-sharing agreement in 2003 whereby CSIR granted all San across Southern Africa 6% of their revenue from the sale of Hoodia. A few years after the San-CSIR signing ceremony, the South African San Council also negotiated a second agreement, this time with Afrikaner Hoodia growers in South Africa who were supplying plants for a global herbal supplement industry. Three material-discursive meanings of Hoodia thus stood at the center of these agreements — Hoodia as molecule patented by CSIR, Hoodia as cultivated by Hoodia growers, and Hoodia as a plant found in nature and known by San peoples.

Using a feminist decolonial technoscience approach, this talk examines how San peoples, Hoodia growers, and CSIR scientists made claims of attachment to different materialities of Hoodia (as molecule, as cultivated, and as from nature) to assert rights of belonging in South Africa through struggles over patent ownership and benefit sharing. What becomes apparent is how such claims were informed in unequal ways by colonial and apartheid understandings of race, indigeneity, and gender as the San African San Council worked towards establishing meanings of San as modern political subjects, CSIR scientists sought recognition as producers of science located in the global south, and Afrikaner Hoodia growers aimed to position themselves as belonging to a changing post-apartheid South Africa. In turn, this talk analyzes how Hoodia’s materialities (e.g. chemicals and seeds) refused and/or aligned with the forces of law and science that sought to contain them. In doing so, it argues for an emphasis on multiple modalities or expressions of human and nonhuman materiality to understand modes of unequal belonging within South Africa.

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Feb

15

Sarah Rodriguez and Seth Williams present a Montgomery Lecture for the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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Feb

22

MK Czerwiec presents a Montgomery Lecture for the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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Mar

01

Catherine Belling presents a Montgomery Lecture for the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program

Chicago - 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

The Montgomery Lectures series addresses diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Presenters are faculty, affiliates, and alumni of the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program--along with a few special guests. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. They are open to students, faculty, and the general public. Formerly called "Special Topics in MH&B", this series was renamed in 2013 for Emeritus Professor Kathryn Montgomery.

The topic of this particular talk is yet to be announced.

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