Special Events and Projects


auditoriumUM Ethics Programs and faculty contribute to a variety of special initiatives. This page itemizes them and provides links to their deliverables. (See also "Special Projects Archive" at end.)

  • COVID-19 Ethics Resources | In conjunction with the Florida Bioethics Network, the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy has created a number of resources addressing the ethical challenges posed by the pandemic. Link to FBN COVID-19 resources. This includes a link to UM Pandemic Ethics Resources.

  • The Moral Science Network | The Ethics Programs are a founding sponsor of an international effort to study and learn about the scientific bases of morality. Link to The Moral Science Network website. (See also the Moral Science Symposium special event, below.)

  • BlueHealth | UM faculty provided ethics support to this European Union-sponsored initiative to study the links among urban blue spaces, climate and health. The project concluded in 2020. Link to BlueHealth website.


The University of Miami Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy contributes to, supports and collaboratse on a variety of special events across the institution and in the community. This page provides an archive with links to event fliers and other materials.

  • Ethics, Computer Science and Writing: The Challenge and Opportunity of Text Generation. UM's Ethics Programs have long studied ethics and information technology. This special event links the Ethics Programs, the Institute for Data Science and Computing and the University's new Department of Writing Studies on a panel to address challenges related to the explosive interest in — and use of — Artificial Intelligence programs that generate text and computer code. A multidisciplinary expert panel will review (i) concerns about using computers to write assignments, (ii) credible and interesting uses of text-generation programs and (iii) options for institutional responses and policies to address these issues. January 23, 2022.
  • Abortion in Florida: A UM Town Hall. University of Miami faculty lead town hall in updates on current law, pending rulings and their effects on health care, education and reproductive rights. June 1, 2022.
  • Language Studies and Responsible STEM Research. Anne Ruggles Gere, PhD., University of Michigan and Modern Language Association, Global attention to research intergrity has traditionally emphasized the empirical sciences. This emphasis overlooks both the role of writing in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and --equally important -- research integrity in the humanities. This session addressed these roles. April 30, 2018.
  • Medical Humanities Summer Institute. Bioethics Institute faculty and Humanities Pathway alumni participated in a public forum focused on the importance of the humanities for medical education and practice, May 19-20, 2017. Photos.
  • Zika 2017: Where Do We Go Next? A public forum featuring presentations and interactive sessions focused on the role of ethics and deliberation to improve decision making in the response to Zika. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy and the Miami Clinical and Translational Science Institute, April 6, 2017.
  • We Robot 2016.  Ethics Programs Co-Sponsor "We Robot 2016", April 1-2, 2016.
  • Ethics in Education: A to ZA two-day conference for teachers, students, parents, educational administrators and concerned citizens covering major ethical issues at all levels of American education, presented jointly by the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, the University of Miami and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, May 1-2, 2015.
  • Beyond Ebola: Ethics, Culture, & Health Diplomacy.  Panel Discussion co-sponsored by the School of Arts & Sciences: Departments of International Studies & Anthropology, and two student organizations: HealthCanes & United Against Inequities in Disease (UAID),  March 30, 2015.
  • Twitch: A Documentary Screening with Kristen Powers.  Keynote speaker Kristen Powers, Creator of Twitch. Organized by the Center for Genomic Education and Outreach at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics, and the University of Miami Office of Civic and Community Engagement,  March 20, 2015.
  • American Eugenics: From Long Island to Auschwitz.  Edwin Black, author, in conjunction with the College or Arts and Sciences' George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies and the Dr. M. Lee Pearce Chair in Middle East Peace Studies, February 23, 2015.
  • Ethics and Decision Making. Presentations by Ethics Programs Co-Director Anita Cava and Robert Meyers, Executive Director of the St. Thomas University Center for Ethics, for the Leonard Turkel Nonprofit Network. Co-sponsored by the UM School of Business Administration, School of Education and Human Development and Catalyst Miami, May 6, 2014.
  • We Robot 2014. Ethics Programs Co-Sponsor "We Robot 2014", April 4-5, 2014.
  • 2014 Miami Kant Workshop. Papers presented at the Department of Philosophy conference will be published as a collection of essays, On the Sensible and Intelligible Worlds: New Essays on Kant’s Metaphysics and Epistemology, by Oxford University Press. Student Activities Center and University Center, April 4-5, 2014.
  • Ethics & Society: A Speaker Series. Presentations by Ethics Programs, CITI, and Philosophy Department faculty starting. Organized by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, March 10, 2014.
  • Soroush Dabbagh, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga, on Islam and Euthanasia, February 7, 2013.
  • Ethics Film Series: sponsored by Adrienne Arsht, UM Ethics Programs, The School of Communication, and the University of Miami Alumni Association. 
  • “Carbon Farming” – Special workshop on sustainable ecosystems as part of the Greater Everglades Community Food Summit, led by Eric Toensmeier, September 30, 2011.
  • Ellen Chesler, Ph.D., director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Initiative on Women and Public Policy at Roosevelt House, Hunter College, The City University of New York, on Morning After in America: The Story Behind.
  • Ronald Goldfarb, J.D., attorney, author and literary agent, gave a series of seminars on the Gables and Medical campuses in 2006 on “Confidentiality and the Professions” and did research for his book, In Confidence: When to Protect Secrecy and When to Require Disclosure (Yale University Press).
  • Mayoral Candidate Ethics Forum was a collaboration between the Miami-Date County Commission on Ethics and Public Trust with Ethics Coalition partners and the League of Women Voters of Miami-Dade County..
  • “Extreme Ethics” The University of Miami Ethics Programs received an NIH grant to support three annual conferences to explore exceptionally difficult or under-addressed issues and problems in research ethics. The grant (T15 AI07591) was titled “Difficult Challenges in Human Subjects Research,” and the conference series added “Extreme Ethics” as the primary title. Program brochures for 20002001 and 2000.
  • Michael J. Franzblau, M.D., University of California, San Francisco, gave a series of talks on “Ethical Values in Healthcare: Lessons from the Nazi Era,” at UM and the Miami VA, Jan. 23-26, 1995.


UM Ethics Programs and faculty contribute to a variety of special initiatives. This page itemizes past initiatives and provides links to their deliverables.

  • Florida Department of Children and Families | In response to a DCF request,  the University of Miami Ethics Programs prepared background material for, hosted and facilitated a meeting to explore the feasibility of creating a genetic biorepository to track children in DCF custody. The report was issued in September 2002. Click here to access the report.
  • Independent Panel of the Guidant Corporation | This panel was created in 2005 to address issues related to reports of defects in implantable devices manufactured by the Guidant Corporation (now Boston Scientific). The panel, comprising cardiologists, engineers, biostatisticians and the director of the UM Bioethics Program, issued its final report in March 2006. Click here to access the report.
  • Florida Developmental Disabilities Council | The UM Ethics Programs developed a Conflicts of Interest Policy and Policy Guide for the Florida Developmental Disabilities Council. The document was delivered in March 2009. Click here to access the Policy and Policy Guide.
  • Florida Department of Health | The DOH in 2010 convened a workgroup, led by the Florida Bioethics Network and including several UM ethics faculty, to study ethical and policy issues related to emergency preparedness and response. The report was completed but never formally adopted by the State of Florida.  Click here for the report.