Each year the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) selects a school to host an undergraduate conference on bioethics. It is a celebration of undergraduate research and an opportunity to introduce a new generation of students to the field of bioethics. In 2008 the event will be hosted by one of the nation’s oldest liberal arts colleges, Union College, in Schenectady, New York. Reflecting the ASBH’s commitment to the medical humanities, the theme for this year’s conference is “The Human Use of Human Beings in Medicine and Science.”
Tod Chambers, ASBH President and author of Narrative Bioethics and Prozac as a Way of Life, will open the conference with a talk on “Witches, Punks, and Bioethicists.” Another keynoter will be the award-winning journalist Harriet Washington, who was a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School and is the author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. Also addressing the conference will be the prominent medical historian Susan Lederer, Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, author of Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature.
In addition to student presentations and keynote speeches, a series of panels and workshops will introduce students to bioethics and bioethicists. Editors and former editors of leading journals (AJOB, Bioethics) will discuss behind the scenes at a journal. Bioethicists based in medical facilities and research institutes will share their experiences, as will medical students and bioethics graduate students. Adding to the excitement will be a “Bioethics Bowl,” a series of formal debates on bioethical topics by teams from Dartmouth, the National Hispanic University, Union College, University of Miami, and other schools.
Please encourage interested undergraduates to join the festivities and/or to submit papers, skits, plays or other presentations. For information on submitting abstracts or proposals please see our website http://ethics.union.edu/nubc.html DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION IS MARCH 1, 2008