Ethics in Mining Symposium 
CIM 2014 Convention
May 11-14, 2014
Vancouver, BC
25th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference 
Looking Back; Looking Forward
May 28-31, 2014
Vancouver, BC

Past Events


Philosophy of Pharmocology
Dan J. Stein
(University of Cape Town) 
April 7, 20014, 12:00 pm
UBC Hospital, Koerner Pavillion, Conference Room S117
National Core for Neuroethics is sponsor of this event  
Dissertation Workshop: "Negotiating the Ethics of Trust and Addiction in Chronic Pain Management"
Daniel Buchman (UBC)
April 8, 2014, 12:30-1:30 pm
Klinck 238  
Being Social: The Human Right against Social Deprivation
Dr. Kimberley Brownlee
(University of Warwick) 
April 3, 20014, 12:00 pm
Klinck 238
Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP to by April 2nd.
Diagnosing & Treating Child and Youth Sexual Abuse: Insights from the Empirical Sciences and Theology
Dr. Nuala Kenny
April 3, 20014, 5:30 pm
Buchanan A101
CAE is co-sponsor of this event 
Brain Matters! Vancouver Conference 
March 12-24, 2014
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Vancouver
Does the Bible promote violence
March 20, 2014, 3:00 pm
Professor, Department of Religion, Smith College
Buchanan C 203, UBC
This event is sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, CNERS, the UBC Diamond Chair in Jewish Law and Ethics, and the Iona Pacific Inter-religious Center at the Vancouver School of Theology
The Ethics of Revealing Government Secrets: Journalists, Whistleblowers, Leakers and the Great Unknown
Willia, Arkin
March 6, 2014, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Room 104, Graduate School of Journalism, 6388 Crescent Rd. UBC
Domestic Violence and the Islamic Tradition: Ethics, Law and Muslim Discourse on Gender - Book launch
Ayesha S. Chaudhury, Ph.D.
March 7, 2014, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Liu Institute, UBC 
CAE is the funding sponsor for the book launch 
Book launch
The Global Financial Crisis and Collective Moral Responsibility
Seumas Miller
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (An Australian Research Council Special Research Centre) at Charles Sturt University (Canberra) and 3TU Centre for Ethics and Technology at Delft University of Technology (The Hague)
March 4, 2014 from 10:30—12:00 at Klinck 221
Retrieving the Ethical in Islamic Law: A Worthy Pursuit or a Fool's Errand?
Ebrahim Moosa
February 27, 2014, 6:00 pm
Room 2800, SFU Segal Building, 500 Granvile St.
Necessity and Proportionality in Defense: PRE-READ Seminar
Kai Draper (University of Delaware)
February 20, 2014, 3:00-5:00 pm
HA966 (Sauder)
Please contact David Silver if you would like to attend and receive a copy of the paper 
CAE is co-sponsor of this event
The Rise and Fall of Vioxx: Pharmaceutical company unethical behaviour or system failure?
Professor Michael James 
December 10, 2013, 3:00 - 5:00 pm
Room 102, SPPH Building, UBC
Radical Media Ethics
Professor Stephen Ward, University of Wisconsin
November 21, 2013. 11-12:30 pm.
UBC Graduate School of Journalism, Room 104
6388 Crescent Road 

Systematic reviews of pre-clinical animal research: the need for more ethical practice
Dr. Marc Avery
November 15, 2013, 12:30 pm
Woodward 3, UBC
Centre Lunchtime Workshop: "Pressures at the front lines: Investigative Sites and Contract Research Organizations in Canadian clinical trials."
Nina Preto
November 7, 2013 12-1 pm.
Klinck 238 
Myriad Genetics and Beyond: The Fallout of the US Supreme Court Decision.
Richard Gold, Faculty of Law, McGill University
November 7, 2013 5:00-6:30 with wine and cheese reception to follow
Green College, Coach House.
Co-sponsored with Science and Technology Studies
There Will Be Blood: Ethical Issues and Considerations in Research
Dr. Anita Ho
October 30, 2013, 12:00 pm
LSC3 Life Sciences Centre, UBC
Sauder MBA "Ethics in Action Series". Ethics and Human Resources
October 30, 2013. 12-2 pm.
Henry Angus, 9th floor

Ethics at UBC'S School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), a dialog with Stakeholders
October 30, 2013. 1-2 pm.
133, SPPH Building, UBC 

Classroom experiments in the ethics of artificial agents 
Sept. 13, 2013, 9:00 am
B151, SPPH Building, UBC

Self-Interest in Contemporary Economics
June 20, 2013, 5:00 pm
Room 182, Irving J. Barber Learning Centre, UBC
Research Ethics and the Interaction Principles
Lecture by Alan Wertheimer
Senior Research Scholar, Department of Bioethics, US National Institutes of Health
Professor of Political Science (Emeritus), University of Vermont 
June 19, 2013, 6:00-7:45 pm
Rm. 1600 SFU Harbour Centre
Better prevent than cure: Is it that sure? The alzheimer's disease case
Dr. Herve Chneiweiss, MD PhD, INSERM
June 13, 2013, 4:00-5:00 pm
Room 104, Allard Hall, UBC
A Public Discussion: Medical and ethical challenges of imaging for traumatic brain injury
June 11, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm
500 Granville St., Vancouver
Ethics outside the box: Empirical tools for an ethics of artificial agents
May 23, 2013, 3:00 pm
SPPH B104, 2206 East Mall, UBC
Preventing and Managing Ethical Conflicts in Health Care
April 22 - 23, 2013
Conference Centre, 1190 Hornby St. Vancouver
Ethical Decision Making
April 26, 2013
8:00 AM-4:00 PM
Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville St. Vancouver
Aristotle on Virtue: Wrong, wrong, wrong
(STS Colloquium, co-sponsored by CAE) 
March 22, 2013
3:00 PM-5:00 PM in BUCH A201 
Dr. Scott Kim, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan
Ethics of Placebo Surgery in Parkinson's Disease Clinical Trials
March 13, 2013
8:00 AM-10:00 AM in Paetzold Lecture Theatre, VGH
Dr. Scott Kim, Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan
Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture: Ethics of Research with Brain-Impaired Adults Who Cannot Consent
March 13, 2013
4:00 PM-6:00 PM in Conference Room, Koerner Pavilion, UBC Hospital
Peter Danielson, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC
The Ethics of Artificial Intelligence - BARtalk 
January 31, 2013
6:00 PM-7:30 PM, Gallery Lounge, SUB Building

Michael McDonald, UBC W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, Susan Cox, UBC W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and Anne Townsend, UBC W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
Evidence-based versus Compliance-Based Human Research Protection 
February 1, 2013
9:00 AM-10:00 AM in Room B151, SPPH Building
This lecture is part of the School of Population and Public Health's Grand Rounds series  
Jeff McMahan, Rutgers University
What Rights May Be Defended by Means of War 
January 28, 2013
6:00 PM-8:00 PM at UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., Vancouver
This lecture is sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, Kwantlen Polythechnic University Phiosophy Department and UBC Philosophy Department  

Jeff McMahan, Rutgers University
Self Defense Against Justified Threateners 
January 29, 2013
11:00 AM-1:00 PM in Room 968, Henry Angus Building
This lecture is sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, Kwantlen Polythechnic University Phiosophy Department and UBC Philosophy Department
Veronica P. Fynn, Adjunct Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Canada's Immigration Reform: Tweezing Law, Justice and Ethics  
January 15, 2013
Tod Chambers, PhD, Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program, Northwestern University
Taking Boiethics Personally 
January 3, 2013
Dr. Laetitia Mulder, University of Groningen
Escalation in Unethical Behaviour 
December 4, 2012
Elizabeth Ormandy
The use of animals in research: trends and public attitude 
December 12, 2012

Dr. Lou Marinoff, best-selling author of "Plato not Prozac"
Book Launch and Lecture
November 30, 2012
Dr. Abraham Rudnick, MD, PhD, Vancouver Island Health Authority
Informal ethics consultations in (academic) health care settings: a quantitative description and a qualitative analysis 
November 27, 2012
Allen Alvarez, NTNU Norway
The place of culture-based reasons in public debates
November 13th 
Elisabeth Wehling, UC Berkely (Linguistics)
Italy, miraculously cured?
May 18th 
Joshua Knobe - Yale (Philosophy)
Person as Scientist, Person as Moralist
May 7th 
Rahul Kumar - Queens University (Philosophy)
Risking and Wronging
April 3rd 
Jonathan Haidt - University of Virginia (Psychology)
The Groupish Gene: Hive psychology and the origins of morality and religion
April 2nd
Green College's "Bringing the Collective Together"
Keynote: Fras de Waal, Emory University (Psychology)
Morality Before Religion: Empathy, Fairness and Prosocial Primates 
March 8th 

Green College's "Bringing the Collective Together"
Speakers included the CAE's Michael MacDonald and Elisabeth Ormandy
Governance of Nonhuman Animals at the University in a Democratic Society
March 7th 

Body Parts for Science? Who Owns Your Organ? 
March 5th

Polly Wiessner - University of Utah (Anthropology)
Changing Morals in Changing Worlds. Are there Universal Morals that Persist?
March 5th 
Waheed Hussain - University of Pennsylvania (Wharton School of Business)
Is ethical consumerism an objectionable form of vigilantism?
February 24th
Rachael Ritchie - OECD (Science, Technology & Industry Directorate)
OECD Perspectives on Biomarkers in Personalised Medicine
February 23rd
John Mikhail - Georgetown (Law)
Elements of Moral Cognition
February 6th 
Inmaculada de Melo-Martin - Weil Cornell Medical College (Medical Ethics)
Procreative Liberty and Embryo Selection
February 6th

Daniel Jacobson - University of Michigan (Psychology)
Title: "The Possibility of Moral Psychology"
January 23rd
Dave Pizarro - Cornell (Psychology)
"The Good, the Bad, and the Dirty: the Role of Disgust in Moral and Political Judgment"
January 16th
Stephen Ward - University of Wisconsin-Madison (Journalism)
"Re-writing journalism ethics for a new mixed media world."
January 5th

Stephen Ward - University of Wisconsin-Madison (Journalism)
Global Ethics in Journalism"
January 10th 
Charles Weijer - University of Western Ontario (Rotman Institute of Philosophy)
Title: "Ethical issues in cluster randomized trials"
December 16th, 2011
Joan Silk - UCLA (Anthropology)
For "The Cognitive Science of Morality" Speaker Series
Title: "The Origins of the Prosocial Ape: Insights from Comparative Studies of Social Preferences"
December 5th, 2011
Dana Lori Chalmers, a graduate student from the Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Program, directed Two Merchants, a dual reenvisioning of The Merchant of Venice. The play showed November 10th through 19th. Click here for the details.
Sally Wyke - University of Glasgow (Institute of Health and Wellbeing)
Title: "Health and illness in a wi-fi world:  how might access to patients' experiences on the internet affect people's health?"
November 10th, 2011
Kiley Hamlin - UBC (Psychology)
For "The Cognitive Science of Morality" Speaker Series
Title: "Moral Babies: Preverbal Infants Know Who and What are Good and Bad"
November 7th, 2011
Isaac H. Smith - University of Utah (Eccles School of Business)
Title: "Morality in and of Organization: A Look at Justice, Prosocial Behavior, and Behavioral Ethics"
October 27th, 2011
Karl Aquino - UBC (Sauder School of Business)
Title: "Moral Identity and Moral Functioning: A Social Cognitive Framework"
October 20th, 2011
Larry Walker - UBC (Psychology)
For "The Cognitive Science of Morality" Speaker Series
Title: "Agency and Communion in the Lives of Moral Exemplars: Antagonistic of Integrative?"
October 3rd, 2011
Claudia Ruitenberg - UBC (Educational Studies)
Title: "Hospitality as educational ethics"
September 29th, 2011

In March 2010, Robert Cook-Deegan presented "Personal Genomics: Do we need doctors anymore?" It was the inaugural lecture in the Young Memorial Lecture series. The abstract is available here. The lectures are available here on YouTube. 


"The Cognitive Science of Morality" Speaker Series

The Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition and Culture along with Green College and the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics proudly present the new 2011/2012 speaker series, "The Cognitive Science of Morality".

There is a near universal interest in morality that has sparked thought-provoking inquiry for thousands of years. Much of that inquiry proceeded without the benefit of modern cognitive science, but that is now changing.  And the change promises to shed new light on morality, particularly its practices, development, and the psychology behind ethical thought.  In this series we bring together speakers from a vast array of disciplines—from philosophy and law to biology and psychology—to discuss cutting edge research in the cognitive science of morality.  

As last year, the talks will be held at 5pm at Green College Coach House. We've listed the talks above in the "Events" section, and we'll be sending out reminders a week before each talk. You can also check the Speaker Series' website for further details. We have an exciting series lined up, and we hope to see you there. As always, everyone is welcome, and we encourage you to circulate the news of the series to anyone you think might be interested.

Reading Group

This year, the Centre and the National Core for Neuroethics launched a collaborative reading group to stimulate co-operative discourse between ethics silos at UBC. The group will be meeting regularly, and the first meeting was held on November 4th 2011. The group discussed "An Empirical Approach to Bioethics: Social Science 'Of', 'For' and 'In' Bioethics Research."

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