Special Events and Projects

Special Events

The University of Miami Ethics Programs contribute to, support and collaborate 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.

Moral Science Symposium.  A meeting convened by Prof. Blaine Fowers to explore aspects of the scientific basis of morality; co-sponsored by UM Ethics Programs, Office of Research and the School of Education and Human Development's Department of Educational and Psychological Studies. April 16, 2019.
        Steering Committee and Symposium schedules
        Is There Morality in Science?

Zika Policy in the Americas: Lessons learned for future vector-borne diseases. The Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health Sciences, partnered on a special community forum on April 6, 2018, and the publication of a major report on October 1, 2018, on challenges posed by Zika in the hemisphere.

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

Reproducibility in Science: Writing, Data and the Growth of Knowledge. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Iorns, Ph.D., Founder and CEO of Science Exchange, and panel discussion. Presented by SEEDS You Choose Awards and the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, April 24, 2017. 

Ethics for Lunch: Genetics, Computing, Mentoring, Careers. Carlos Bustamante, Ph.D., Distinguished Presidential Scholar at UM, discusses and debates challenging issues in an open, lunchtime forum for science and medical students. April 19, 2017.

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.
       Still using mosquito repellent? Threat of Zika can fall on deaf ears — Miami Herald
       Zika Forum Focuses on Ethics, Communication and Policymaking Strategies — UM Medical Communications
       Agenda | Poster

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 .  Keynote speaker Edwin Black New York Times Best Selling Author. Organized by the College or Arts and Sciences, February 23, 2015

"Medicine's Michelangelo" The Life & Art of Frank H. Netter, MD. Presented by his daughter, Francine Mary Netter, January 20, 2015

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.

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.

Margaret P. Battin, Ph.D., and Kirtly Parker Jones, M.D., University of Utah. Ethics Policy and Society: New Thinking about the Ethics and Science of Male Contraception. Student Activities Center Main Ballroom, Coral Gables, March 17, 2014.

John A. Powell, Director, Haas Diversity Research Center (HDRC), University of California, Berkeley. Racing to Justice: Ethical and Practical Considerations to Build an Inclusive Society. In Conjunction with MCCJ, Catalyst Miami, School of Education and Human Development, Office of Civic and Community Engagement, Department of Anthropology, and the School of Law, February 24, 2014.

Jack Sim, Social Entrepreneur. Sustaining Social Enterprises, November 20, 2013.

Jon Mukand, M.D., Ph.D., Brown University, Tufts University and the Southern New England Rehabilitation Center. Renovating the Brain: Reflections on Disability, Culture and Bioethics, March 14, 2013.

Edwin Black, award-winning New York Times bestselling author, on IBM’s Hidden Role in the Holocaust, February 8, 2013.

Soroush Dabbagh, Ph.D., Visiting Fellow, Department of Historical Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga, on Islam and Euthanasia, February 7, 2013.

Educator Alfie Kohn: “The Deadly Effects of Corporate-Style ‘School Reform’: Challenging High-Stakes Testing and Other Impediments to Learning.” In conjunction with the UM School of Education, the Children’s Trust and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, March 30, 2012.

Marion Danis, M.D., Head of the NIH Section on Ethics and Health Policy: ““Engaging the Public in Addressing the Socio-economic Determinants of Health to Reduce Health Disparities.” In conjunction with the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, March 21, 2012.

Food Day – A university-wide effort to promote health foods, support sustainable farming, etc. Presented by the UM Office of Civic and Community Engagement, October 24, 2011.

“Carbon Farming” – Special workshop on sustainable ecosystems as part of the Greater Everglades Community Food Summit, led by Eric Toensmeier, September 30, 2011.

Prof. Nel Noddings: “U.S. Educational Policy: Are we on the Right Track?” In conjunction with the Department of Philosophy, March 7, 2011

Shannon Bowen, Ph.D., Syracuse University: “Advising the CEO on Conscience: Creating the Consistently Authentic Organization”. In conjunction with the School of Communication, October 25, 2010, part of the Ethics Policy and Society series.

UM Graduate Workshop in Ethics and Mind. In conjunction with the Department of Philosophy, September 19-20, 2008.

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 Emergency Contraception in the U.S., February 19, 2007; in conjunction with the Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity.

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).

Health Research Ethics in the Americas. Supported in part by the National Institute of Health and Fogarty International Training Grant in AIDS and TB, May 4-5, 2006.

Ethics, Law & Medical Liability was a special series in 2004 and 2005 in conjunction with the University of Miami School of Law.

Business Ethics Seminars was a special series in 2004 sponsored by Yellow Roadway Corporation and the Miami Herald.

Health Research Ethics in the Americas. Supported in part by the National Institute of Health and Fogarty International Training Grant in AIDS and TB, September 12-13, 2003.

In collaboration with the UM School of Law’s Institute on Law, Psychiatry and Psychology and its journal Psychology, Public Policy & Law, March 28, 2003 , March 11, 2005, February 24, 2006.

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.

Philosophy, Psychiatry and Law was a special Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds series in 1994.

“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 2000, 2001 and 2002

Special Projects

UM Ethics Programs and faculty contribute to a variety of special initiatives. This page itemizes them 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 is a work in progress.  Click here for the current version of the report..

Newsletter Archives A collection of digital newsletters spanning the years from 2014 - 2016. Click here to access the archive.