Resistance: The Sixth Annual Northwestern Bioethics and Medical Humanities Conference

Friday, May 19, 2023


The Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program are excited to announce this one-day conference dedicated to engaging the Northwestern and Chicagoland community in the rich, multidisciplinary research and scholarship of our field.



Keynote Presentation

All Options Ethics Counseling for Clinicians When Abortion Care Is Criminalized

Louise P. King, MD, JD
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology
Member, HMS Center for Bioethics
Harvard Medical School


Katie Watson, JD
Associate Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Medical Education, and Ob/Gyn
Faculty, Medical Humanities & Bioethics Graduate Program
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

State legislatures have pitted clinicians’ freedom and their ability to conscientiously practice the standard of care, as well as the health and self-determination of pregnant people, against a professed desire to protect “fetal life.” What are clinicians’ options and obligations—if any—in the face of criminal laws prohibiting the standard provision of abortion care, and what could or should resistance to this loss of liberty look like?


Draft Schedule


WELCOME (Kelly Michelson)

PANEL 1: RESISTING CARE (Moderated by Catherine Belling)

  • When Resistance to Care is a Symptom: Lack of Insight in Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Types of Dementia – Lauren Dowden
  • “My Body, My Choice”: Self-Management of Sex-Hormonal Medications as A Resistance Towards State and Physician Control Of Sexuality and Gender Expression – Ariel Halle
  • Meeting Resistance with Resistance in Treating Anorexia Nervosa: Effective Methods in Recovery from Disordered Eating – Lance Nelson & Kelly Horn
  • Psychotherapeutic Resistance: Principles and Practical Applications – Brent Schnipke
  • Resisting the Algorithm: The Medical Humanities Network at Northwestern – Alexandre Carvalho, Bukky Tabiti, and Alyssa Saklak

PANEL 2: SOCIETY, CULTURES, STRUCTURES (Moderated by Faith Summersett Williams)

  • Resisting Barriers to Education: Creating Agency in Isolation – G Bajaj
  • How Health Equity Research Can Reciprocally Inform and Be Informed by Activism that Resists Environmental Injustice – Megan Morrell
  • Resisting the Medicalization of Female Genital Cutting - Jessica Puri
  • Biographical Illumination and Psychiatric Self-Diagnosis – Austin Hopkins
  • Do Not Go Gentle: Resisting Palliative Care’s Movement to the Mainstream – Richard Leiter



PANEL 3: CLINICAL ETHICS (Moderated by Hrayr Attarian)

  • Reframing Resistance as a Practice of Care Ethics – Yash Bhatia and Archita Arun
  • The Efficacy and Ethics of Weight Loss Interventions: Resisting Current Weight-Centric Standards – Martha Burla
  • The Ethical Use of Observation Units: Empowering Physician Autonomy for Patient Placement Decisions – Julie Campbell
  • Resisting Bias and Oppression in Clinical Ethics: Learning from Disparities in Ethics Consultation Among Hospitalized Children – Aleksandra Olszewski
  • The Role of Perinatal Palliative Care Specialists in Abortion Counseling – Natalia Henner

PANEL 4: RESEARCH ETHICS (Moderated by Megan Crowley-Matoka) and CLOSING REMARKS

  • Resistance on Behalf of Research Subjects – Sydney Halpern
  • Journal Hopping by Research Paper Mills After a Preferred Journal is De-indexed – Reese Richardson
  • Resistance to Biotechnologies: Always a Slippery Slope? – Jeffrey Poomkudy
  • The Experience of Data Safety Monitoring Board Members in Managing Ethical Dilemmas – Akram Ibrahim


Baldwin Auditorium in the Lurie Research Building (not to be confused with the nearby Lurie Children’s Hospital), 303 E Superior St, Chicago, Illinois

Registration is now open to attend the conference in person.


Space is limited, so for those only interested in individual sessions, please plan to attend using our Zoom option.

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