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Speakers in Graduate Seminar in Applied Ethics, 2022-23
Renaud-Philippe Garner (philosophy, UBC Okanagan) 1/26/2023
Brownlee Kimberley (philosophy) 1/20/2023
Albert Cotugno (CAE Graduate Fellow) 1/12/2023
Izatt Alyssa (CAE Graduate Fellow) 12/1/2022
Andrea Vásquez Fernández (CAE Graduate Fellow) 11/24/2022
Matthew Perry (CAE Graduate Fellow) 11/17/2022
David Silver (CAE Director) 11/3/2022
Amy Hinterberger (CAE Visiting Scholar) 10/27/2022
Itai Bavli (CAE Postdoc Fellow) 10/20/2022
Tayo Olarewaju (CAE Graduate Fellow) 10/13/2022
Michael McDonald (CAE), 10/6/22
Daniel Steen (CAE), 9/29/22
Stephen Wrage (CAE Visiting Scholar), 9/21/22
Anita Ho (CAE), 9/15/22

“Grandma Killers and Doomers: Societal Division & Covid-19”
November 25, 2022, 1:00-2:00pm PDT
Speaker: Dr. Dr. Maja Graso (University of Groningen)
Location: CAE meeting room, Klinck Building, UBC.

“Health Ethics: Changing the Spotlight”
November 4, 2022, 9:00am-1:00pm PDT
Speakers: Dr. Keisha Ray, Dr. Heidi Janz, Dr. Cassandra Opikokew Wajuntah, Dr. Chelsea Gabel
This event is sponsored by The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics and The Provincial Health Services Authority.
To register and for more details see SymposiumAdvert_23Sept2022

“Corporations and Persons” 
Speaker: Dr. David Silver (Prof. of Philosophy and CAE Director).
November 3, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm.
Location: CAE meeting room, Klinck Building, UBC.

“How do Scientists Model Humanness? A qualitative Study of Human Organoids in Biomedical Research”
Speaker: Dr. Amy Hinterberger (CAE Visiting Scholar)
October 27, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: CAE meeting room, Klinck Building, UBC.

“When Public Health Goes Wrong: The History and ethics of Public Health Errors”
Speaker: Dr. Itai Bavli (CAE Postdoc Fellow)
October 20, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: CAE meeting room, Klinck Building, UBC.

“Indigenous Land Rights Revisited
Speaker: Prof. Michael McDonald (CAE)
October 6, 2022, 12:00-1:30pm
Location: CAE meeting room, Klinck Building, UBC.

“Managing for Values”
August 10, 2022
Speakers: Dr. Silvana Costa (2-3pm) and Stephanie Garrett (10-11am)
This event is sponsored by The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, The UBC Sauder Peter P. Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics, and The UBC Sauder Montalbano Centre for Responsible Leadership Development
To register email:

“Brain, wellness, genomic, and indigenous communities: Supporting wellness and self-determination”
Speakers: Dr. Krystal Tsosie, Dr. Malcolm King, Sekani Dakelth, Bryce Mercredi
Moderated by CAE graduate fellow Louise Harding
June 9, 2022, 4:00-5:30 PDT
Register here for Zoom details

“Virtual lunch with visiting scholar Dr. Krystal Tsosie”
Speakers: Dr. Krystal Tsosie
June 6, 2022, 12:00-1:00pm.
Via Zoom

“Advancing Indigenous genomic data sovereignty in Canada and the USA: The Native BioData Consortium and the Silent Genomes Project”
Speakers: Dr. Krystal Tsosie, Dr. Nadine Caron, Dr. Wyeth Wasserman
Moderated by CAE graduate fellow Louise Harding
June 6, 2022, 4:00-5:00pm.
Register here for Zoom details

“Tla Yanda – Making it Right: Repatriation Ethics, A Haida View”
Speaker: Lucy Bell
This event is sponsored by The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
June 4, 2022, 1:00-2:00pm.

“The Human Right to Truth”
Speaker: Cindy Holder
April 29, 2022, 12:00pm.
Location: CAE Meeting Room

“Race Correction and the X-ray Machine: Why African Americans Were Getting Increased Radiation Doses Compared to Other Populations.”
Speaker: Itai Bavli, CAE postdoc fellow
April 1 2022, 12:00pm. Location: CAE Meeting Room.
Via Zoom

“Ethics for UBC: Ethics in Policy, Business & Law”
CAE director Dr. David Silver (Panelist)
March 30, 2022, 12:00-1:15pm (PDT)
Via Zoom – For access RSVP here:

“Work in Progress Seminar: Relational Autonomy and Direct-to-Consumer Health Apps”
Speaker: Anita Ho
March 25, 2022, 12:00pm.
Via Zoom

“Heineken in Africa: Brewing a Better Africa?”
Speaker: Oliver van Beemen
This event is sponsored by The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
March 25, 2022, 2:00-3:30pm. Location: Room 104 at Sing Tao Building, 6388 Crescent Road.                 Zoom: 

“Ethics of Neurodiversity Paradigm”
Speaker: Dr. Nick Walker
This event is sponsored by The W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
March 18, 2022, 12:00pm.
Via Zoom

“Ethics and the Arts”
CAE Prof. Susan Cox (Panelist)
Wednesday, 26 January 2022, from 4:00-5:15pm.
For details see:

“Bearing Witness to War Crimes: A Conversation with Ali Arkady, Photojournalist, Filmmaker, and Artist”
Hosted by The W. Maurice Centre for Applied Ethics and the Global Reporting Centre.
Tuesday, January 25, 2022, from 12:00-1:30pm. 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Via Zoom -See

“A Lecture Series in Social Rights and Relationship Goods”
Part of the series is Dr. Kimberley Brownlee’s lecture entitled: The right to Participate in the Life of the Society” on January 19, 2022.
The event is organized by CAE associate Prof. Kimberley Brownlee.
For details see:

Speakers in Graduate Seminar in Applied Ethics, 2021-22
Lucy Bell (Anthropology), 6/3/22
Alexandra Olmos Perez (Clinical Ethicist, PHSA), 5/13/22
Cindy Holder (Philosophy), 4/29/22
Jocelyn Chase (Physician-ethicist, Providence Health Care), 2/11/22
Shefa Siegel (Graduate Fellow), 2/4/22
Alison Wylie (Philosophy), 1/28/2022
Peter Danielson (CAE, Emeritus), 1/21/2022
Prof. Amy Hinterberger (Visiting Graduate Fellow, University of Manchester), 1/14/2022
Judy Illes (Neuroethics Canada), 11/24/2021
Michael McDonald, 11/17/2021
Mike Burgess, 11/10/2021
Peter Klein (Journalism), 11/3/2021
Anita Ho. 10/27/2021
Kimberley Brownlee (Philosophy), 10/13/2021
David Silver, 10/20/2021
Susan Cox, 9/29/2021
Dan Steel, 9/22/2021


“Oppression: A Social Determinant of Health”
Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon SPPH Lunchtime Seminar
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm.
Via Zoom – RSVP by registering here: “SPPH Lunchtime Seminar – Oppression: A Social Determinant of Health 

“Ethical Application of Relational Safety from Research on Quality Improvement on the COVID-19 Pandemic.” CAE Lunchtime Series.
Dr. Brenda Sawatzky-Girling
Thursday, May 13, 12:30-1:30 PM
Via Zoom

“The politics of listening: Leaving no one behind in the fossil free transition.”
Dr. Eva Lövbrand, Associate Professor, Department of Thematic Studies: Environmental Change, Linköping University, Sweden
Series organized as part of CAE’s Graduate Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics
Monday, April 19, 2021, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Via Zoom

“Clinical trial participation among people who use drugs.” CAE Lunchtime Series.
Kate Jaffe, Graduate Fellow, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
Thursday, March 18, 2021, 12:00-1:00 PM
Via Zoom

Hacking the Mind: How Technology Is Changing The Way We View Our Brain and Ourselves. Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture.
Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 4:00 PM– 5:30 PM
Nir Lipsman, MD, PhD, FRCSC, Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto [recording of the event is now available for viewing].
This event is co-sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics

“Update on research project on ‘witnessing’ and trust building in Indigenous/archaeologist partnerships.” CAE Lunchtime Series.
Prof. Alison Wylie, UBC Philosophy
Thursday, Feb 18, 2021, 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
Via Zoom

Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals.
Prof. Jill Fisher, Department of Social Medicine and Center for Bioethics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Series organized as part of CAE’s Graduate Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics
Tuesday, February 2, 2021, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (via Zoom)

An informal talk and discussion about dementia and research ethics.
Dr. Jim Mann, first CAE Community Scholar.
Thursday, January 28, 2021, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Via Zoom


Beyond Informed Consent: Establishing and Maintaining Trust in Ethnographic Research with Autistic Adults. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Jad Brake, Graduate Fellow, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
Thursday, November 26, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM
Via Zoom

On Sorcery: Ethical reflections on studying–and living with–the concept.
Prof. Michael Lambek, Department of Anthropology, the University of Toronto
Series organized as part of CAE’s Graduate Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics
Tuesday, September 29, 12:00-1:00 PM
Via Zoom

Research ethics and gender-based violence. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Janina Krabbe
Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 12:00 – 1:00 PM
Via Zoom

Spiritual health in times of crisis: integrating traditional medicine with the scientific method in indigenous communities (SPPH Voices in Health seminar).
Prof. Willie Ermine, Indigenous Studies (UBC)
Thursday, April 16, 2020, 4:00-5:30 PM
Location: online (Zoom)
This event is sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics

What sort of beings should we become? An ethical analysis of human enhancement.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Dr. Johann Roduit, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zurich AND Dr. Nir Lipsman, Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto
Neuroethics Canada Conference Room, S117, Koerner Pavilion, 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC, V6T 2B5
This event is co-sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.

The Researcher Participant Relationship and Responsibility. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Friday, March 6, 2020, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Alina McKay
Klinck 225

Ethics in dementia research: Cultivating a model for practice.
CAE Visiting Community-based Scholars Series
Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 3:00 – 4:00 PM (refreshments provided)
Mr. Jim Mann
Klinck 225

On the Limits of Pro-Social Neoclassical Economic Approaches to Shareholder Primacy.
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 12:30-2:30 PM
Prof. Santiago Mejia, Fordham University
Klinck 225
Co-hosted by the Centre for Applied Ethics and Philosophy Department

Genetic Engineering & the Human Microbiome: Bioethics at the Boundaries of our Genome. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 12:00-1:30 PM
Prof. Nicolae Morar, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies, University of Oregon
Klinck 225

De-platforming: The Morality of Restricting Speech at Universities.
February 28, 2020, 2:00-5:00 PM
Art 281
This event is sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.

Self-interpretation and motherhood experience and experiments of women with Tay-Sachs children. CAE Lunchtime Series.
January 28, 2020, 12:00-1:00 PM
Julia Climaco
Klinck 225

Teaching and Learning Together: A study of D/deaf and Hearing Teaching Partnerships in South Africa. CAE Lunchtime Series.
January 7, 2019, 12:00-1:00 PM
Simangele Mabena
Klinck 225


Using photo-elicitation to understand relationships between adolescent’s depression and social skills. CAE Lunchtime Series.
December 17, 2019, 11:30 am -12:30 pm
Gabriela Trombeta, visiting PhD student, Universidade Federal de São Carlos (Brazil)
Klinck 225

A Dilemma for Expressive Arguments About Markets. CAE event.
November 18, 3:00-4:30 PM
Professor Julian Jonker (University of Pennsylvania)
Klinck 225

Responding to the Challenges of a Reactive Space in Research Partnerships. CAE event.
October 24, 2019, 3:00-4:00 PM
Dr. Alison Wylie and Dr. Andrew Martindale | Philosophy and Anthropology, UBC
EME4116, Okanagan campus

Pathways to policy: The power of interdisciplinary collaboration.
October 9, 2019, 4:00-5:00 PM
Dr. Eric M. Meslin, President and CEO of the Council of Canadian Academies
RHS 260, UBC Okanagan
This event is co-sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics

“Deep Ethical Learning for Artificial Intelligence in Health Care”
CAE Associate Prof Anita Ho
CHÉOS Work in Progress Seminar
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
See poster: Anita Ho — Oct 8, 2019

The Ethics of Documentary Filmmaking at a Time of Religious Extremism.
October 8, 2019, 9:00-11:00 AM
Anand Patwardhan
This event is co-sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.

Deep Ethical Learning for Artificial Intelligence in Health Care.
October 8, 2019, 12:00-1:00
Professor Anita Ho, Centre for Applied Ethics
Cullen Family Lecture Theatre (SPH 1477), St. Paul’s Hospital

Documentary Screening and Q&A of “Reason: The War between Faith and Rationality.
October 6, 2019, 3:00-8:00 PM
Aquatic Ecosystems Research Laboratory (AERL) Room 120
This event is co-sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.

Behavioural Insights into Business for Social Good Conference.
September 19-21, 2019
Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC
This conference is co-sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics

Ethics and experimentation in public art interventions. CAE Lunchtime Series.
October 8, 2019, 12:00-1:30 PM
Dr. Lisa Erdman
Klinck 225

First CAE Roundtable on Moral Distress.
September 24, 2019, 3:00-5:00 pm
This initiative is part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.

Climate Change and the Collapse of Civilization: How Serious is the Risk? IRES Seminar Series – Faculty Lecture.
September 19, 2019, 12:30-1:30 PM
Professor Daniel Steel, Centre for Applied Ethics and IRES Faculty Associate
AERL 120

Changing the Research Ethics Paradigm.
September 10, 2019, 12:00-1:30 pm
SPPH 434
This initiative is part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.

Diversity, Trust, Conformity. CAE Lunchtime Series.
July 30, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Sina Fazelpour
Klinck 225

Value Judgments and Open Science: Getting Clear about Transparency.
July 15, 2019, 1:00-2:30 pm
Dr. Kevin Elliot, Michigan State University
AERL 419 (a.k.a “The Fishbowl”)
CAE is co-sponsor of this event

Visiting community research partner to explore research ethics in dementia research.
Mr. Jim Mann, community research partner.
Mr. Mann will be meeting with key stakeholders from UBC and other community partners to unpack issues salient to ethics in dementia research. He will also be leading two roundtable discussions:

  1. July 10, 2019, Noon – 1:30
    Student brownbag lunch discussion (CAE Lunchtime Series)
    Centre for Applied Ethics, Klinck Bldg Rm 225
  2. July 11, 2019, Noon – 1:30
    Key stakeholder’s roundtable discussion
    Centre for Applied Ethics, Klinck Bldg, Rm 225

This initiative is part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics.

“OxyContin Abuse-Problem Appears limited to the US”: The Ethics of Evidence and Post-Market Surveillance of Pharmaceuticals in Canada. CAE Lunchtime Series.
May 17, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Itai Bavli
Klinck 225

Understanding Implicit Bias: What It Is, What It Isn’t, and How to Move Forward.
May 14, 2019, 3:00-5:00 pm
Michael Brownstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cuny
This lecture is part of the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics, housed in UBC’s School of Population and Public Health
IBLC, Room 182

The Virtues of Anger. CAE Lunchtime Series.
May 14, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Michael Brownstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cuny
Klinck 225

Ethical and Legal Implications of Digital Health. CAE Lunchtime Series.
April 26, 2019, 12:30-1:30 pm
Dr. Oliver Quick, University of Bristol Law School
Klink 225

Perceptual Expertise Gone Wrong: how bias in perceptual learning can help us understand implicit bias. CAE Lunchtime Series.
April 16, 2019, 12:00-1:00 pm
Madeleine Ransom
Klinck 225

Informal meeting with Prof. Bagher Larijani from Tehran University, discussing his work in applied ethics and possible collaborations between our ethics research centres. CAE Lunchtime Series.
March 27, 2019. 12:00-1:00 pm
Klinck 225

Smartphones: What They Can Tell Us About Our Brains and Our Minds
March 12, 2019, 6:30-8:00 pm
Thomas R. Insel, MD, Co-founder and President, Mindstrong Health
UBC Robson Square (800 Robson Street), C300 Theatre
CAE is a co-sponsor of this event

Self-interpretation and motherhood experience and experiments of women with Tay-Sachs children. CAE Lunchtime Series.
February 1, 2019, 12:30-2:00 pm
Julia Climaco
Klinck 225

Scientific diversity and the theoretical virtues: a simulation approach
January 17, 2019, 3:00-5:00 pm
Kevin Zollman, Professor of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University
WESB 201
This event is sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics

Offering Ethics Guidance in Health Research: CIHR Draft Ethics Guidance on Developing Research Partnerships with Patients. CAE Lunchtime Series.
January 11, 2019, 12:30-3:00 pm
Michael McDonald, Professor Emeritus, W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
Klinck 225



Exploring Moral Agency in Relational Contexts: A Study in Residential Long-Term Care. CAE Lunchtime Series.
December 7, 2018, 1:00-2:30
Professor Patricia (Paddy) Rodney. University of British Columbia: School of Nursing
Klinck 225
Decolonizing the Media. CAE ethics talk in Yellowknife, NWT, November 22, 2018 (broadcasted by CBC on Facebook).
Maya Lefkowich
Maya will discuss her research on December 5, 2018, 2:00-3:00 pm.
Klinck 225
The Purpose(s) of the Business Corporation. CAE Lunchtime Series.
November 16, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm
Steve Scalet, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Baltimore
Klinck 225
In a Familiar Voice: The Dominant Role of Women in Shaping Canadian Policy on Medical Assistance in Dying.
Daryl Pullman, Professor of Medical Ethics, Memorial University of Newfoundland
November 13, 2018, 3:00-4:15 pm.
SPPH (2206 East Mall), 4th Floor, Room 491
This event is sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
Ambivalences in the Profession of Farm Animal Veterinary Medicine and Gender. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Julia Gutjahr
November 2, 2018, 12:30-2:00 pm
Klinck 225
The Power of Diversity: Better Decisions? Better Outcomes? Inclusive Features Dialogue Series.
This panel features CAE Professor Daniel Steel.
October 30, 2018, 6:30-9:00 pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
On the Origins of Pharmaceutical Fraud. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Professor Bennett Holman, Yonsei University (South Korea)
October 29, 2018, 12:30-1:00 pm
Klinck 225
Theory of Decisions in Management Ethics. Moral Economy in Applied Management. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Lutz Gaissmaier
October 19, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm
Klinck 225
Climate Apartheid: Race and Climate Change.
Professor Nancy Tuana, Pennsylvania State University
September 28, 2018, 3:00-4:30
This event is sponsored by the W. Maurice Young Centre for Applied Ethics
Embodiment, Psychosis, and Frictions in the First Episode Clinic: Divergent Bodyminds & the Implications for Bioethics in Psychiatry. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Dr. Suze Berkout (University of Toronto)
September 21, 2018, 1:00-2:00 pm
Klinck 225
How Purdue was allowed to push OxyContin in Canada.
Joel Lexchin, Professor Emeritus, York University (Toronto)
Series organized as part of CAE’s Graduate Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics
May 17, 2018, 3:00-4:30 pm
The ethics around using art in health research.
Dr. Katherine Boydell, Black Dog Institute (Sydney, Australia)
Series organized as part of CAE’s Graduate Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics
May 16, 2018, 12:30-2:00
Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC
Childbirth pain, meaning, and relational autonomy: bioethical implications. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Angelita Henrique, Registered Nursing, Ph.D., and visiting professor from University Federal of São Paulo – Brazil
May 11, 2018, 12:00-1:00
Klinck 225
Clinical Ethics in British Columbia: reports from CAE Alumni. CAE Lunchtime Series.
Nina Preto and Kim Jameson.
April 20, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm.
Klinck 238


Unethical but not instrumental: Expanding our view of workplace malfeasance by examining socially-motivated unethical behavior.
Dr Keith Leavitt, Oregon State University College of Business
Series organized as part of CAE’s Graduate Research Fellowship in Applied Ethics
April 13, 2018, 1:30-3:00 pm
Room 968, Henry Angus Building, Sauder School of Business, UBC
Research Ethics in the Real World: Things to Think About When Engaging Vulnerable Populations. CAE Lunchtime Series
April 6, 2018, 12:00-1 pm.
Dr. Jennifer Woolwich, Managing Director of the Stigma and Resilience Among Youth Centre (SARAVYC) in UBC’s School of Nursing
SPPH B104 
The Ethics of Antibiotic Stewardship – What is Stewardship and Who is a Steward?
March 27, 2018, 12:00–1:00 pm
Dr. Adrian M. Viens, University of Southampton
Lane Level Lecture Hall, BCCDC
March 23, 2018, 1:00–2:00 pm
Dr Diego Silva, Simon Fraser University
Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102
March 23, 2018, 12:30 pm
Sylvia Nasar, Columbia University
School of Journalism, 6388 Crescent Road
March 19, 2018, 12:00–1:00 pm
Dr. Bege Dauda, University of Pennsylvania
Turning Points.
Maya Lefkowich, W. Maurice Young Centre Graduate Fellow in Applied Ethics
March 16, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm
The Badness of Pain
March 14, 2018, 3:00-5:00 pm
Dr. Gwen Bradford, Rice University
Room 333, Henry Angus Building, Sauder School of Business, UBC
March 13, 2018, 5:30–7:00 pm
Dr Jennifer A. Chandler, University of Ottawa
Alice Mackay Room, Vancouver Public Library
Ethics Uncertainties for Research-Based Theatre as an Integrated Knowledge Translation Intervention.
Jennica Nichols, W. Maurice Young Centre Graduate Fellow in Applied Ethics
March 9, 2018, 12:00-1:00 pm
February 20, 2018, 5:00-6:30 pm
Lindsay Shephard & Dr. David Haskell, Wilfrid Laurier University
LIB 312, 3287 University Way, UBC Okanagan
January 26, 2018, 4:00-6:00 pm
Dr Jeremy Howick, Oxford University
January 26, 2018, 9:00-10:00 am
Dr Jeremy Howick, Oxford University
Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102


December 5, 2017, 10:30-11:30 am
Dr. Matthew S. Lebowitz, Columbia University
Koerner S1117 in the UBC Hospital
November 23, 2017, 6:00-8:30 pm
Dr. Peter Danielson, UBC
Room 2945, 515 West Hastings St
Neural Correlates of Suffering? Limitations on the Use of an fMRI based Neural Signature of Pain
November 17, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm
Adam Shriver, UBC
Koerner S124 in the UBC Hospital
Can one set of ethics principles hold true for every culture, faith and profession? Or is it a convenient but specious oversimplification?
November 10, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm
Larry Colero
October 13, 2017, 12:00-1:30 pm
Adam Kay, UBC
SPPH Room B132
October 3, 2017, 12:00-1:00 pm
Dr. Vicky Bungay, UBC
Room T182, UBC Nursing, 3rd Floor of UBC Hospital
September 22, 2017, 9:00-10:00AM
Amee Manges and Kieran O’Doherty, UBC and University of Guelph
Michael Smith Laboratories Room 102
August 15th, 2017, 12:30-1:30 PM
Prof. Peter Sandøe, University of Copenhagen
SPPH Room B104
May 19-20, 2017
University of British Columbia
May 3, 2017, 3:30-4:30 PM
Janine Guenther, CFA
UBC Robson Square, Room C485
April 19, 2017, 12:00 PM
Espen Stabell, Norway
Centre for Applied Ethics
March 23, 2017, 4:30-6:30 PM
UBC Vancouver, Henry Angus Building, 9th Floor
March 17, 2017
Dr. Arthur Schafer, Michael Doucet and Dr. Robert Diab
UBC Okanagan
Brain Awareness Week Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture
Tuesday, March 14, 2017, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
Thomas I. Cochrane, MD, MBA, Harvard Medical School
Queen Elizabeth Theatre (Salons), 650 Hamilton St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 5N6 (map)
FREE ADMISSION! Everyone is welcome. Click here for tickets
Neuroscience and Neurology Grand Rounds
March 15, 2017, 8:00 am
Vancouver General Hospital – Exact location to follow
Neuroethics Core Lunch Seminar
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
National Core for Neuroethics – Conference Room, S117 Koerner Pavilion, UBC Hospital, 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver.
March 9, 2017, 5:00-7:30 pm
UBC Vancouver, Henry Angus Building, Room 968
March 3, 12:00-8:00 pm
Keynote: Margot Parkes, MBChB, MAS, PhD
UBC Vancouver, School of Population and Public Health
March 1, 12:00pm
Sung Joon Shin, PhD
UBC Vancouver, SPPH Rom 424
February 7, 2017, 5:30-7:00pm
Panel moderated by Mark Harris, UBC
UBC Vancouver, Henry Angus Building, Room 968
January 4-6, 2017
Joseph Millum, Ph.D., Bethesda, MD
Teleconference, by invitation


November 23, 2016, 4:00-5:30 pm
Daniel Steel, Kirsten Marchand, and Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, UBC
Room 969, Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall
November 18, 2016
Dr. Charles Beach, Dr. James Davies, and Dr. Rodney Haddow
UBC Okanagan

Consent and Non-Exploitation in Clinical Trials on Heroin Assisted Treatment: The Case of SALOME

November 2, 2016, 12:30-1:30 pm
Daniel Steel, Kirsten Marchand, and Eugenia Oviedo-Joekes, UBC
Room B108, School of Population and Public Health
October 27, 2016, 12:30-1:30 pm
Dr. Alicia Hennig, Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen
Room 968, Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall
Gender and Race in a Capitalist Society
October 20, 2016, 4:30-6:00 pm
Room 969, Henry Angus Building, 2053 Main Mall
September 22, 2016, 3:30 pm
Adam Shriver, University of Pennsylvania
Room 40, Food, Nutrition & Health Building, 2205 East Mall
August 1-3, 2016
Fairmont Hotel, Whistler
Unintended future uses of organised health data collections.
June 29, 2016
Kieran O’Doherty, Guelph University
Room 133, School of Population and Public Health
Topic: “Moral and Legal Issues in Assisted Death”
June 15, 2016
Jonas Beaudry, UBC Law
May 13-14, 2016
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
April 26, 2016, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre, 6163 University Boulevard, UBC
Tuesday April 26, 2016, 8:00-9:00 am
Dr. Paddy Rodney
Room T206, UBC Hospital – 3rd Floor
April 1-2, 2016
Emily Carr University & UBC School of Population & Public Health
Friday March 18, 2016, 1:30-6:30 pm
Dave Unger, Director of Ethics Services, Providence Health Care
Friday, March 18, 2016, 4:00-6:00 pm
Tamar Schapiro, Stanford University
Buchanan A201
DANA BAW Distinguished Neuroethics Lecture
March 15, 2016, 5:00-6:00 pm
Dr. Serge Gauthier, Ethics Lead for the CCNA
Location TBD
March 7, 2016, 12:45-2:00 pm
Steven Ward, UBC SChool of Journalism
School of Journalism, Room 104
Sponsored by the School of Journalism
March 3, 2016, 3:00-4:00 pm
Chris McDonald, Ryerson University
Henry Angus, room 966
Topic: “Auditor Independence: A problem of Institutional Trust”
February 23, 2016
James Gaa, University of Alberta
Henry Angus, room 967
Friday, February 26, 2016, 4:00 pm
Christine Tappolet, University of Montreal
Buchanan A201
Topic: TBA
Friday, February 12, 2016, 3:00-5:00 pm
Michael Blake, University of Washington
Buchanan A202


Monday, November 30, 12:30-2:00 pm
Mohamed Fahmy
Liu Institute, Multipurpose room
Topic: “Carter vs Canada – Physician Assisted Suicide”
Friday November 20, 1:00-5:00 pm
Dinner will Follow
UBC Okanagan
Topic: “Promising”
Friday October 30
Mark Greene, University of Delaware
Time and Location TBD
Topic: “Beyond Healthcare Ethics vs. Public Health Ethics: why we need new bioethics thinking to address today’s wicked health problems” [abstract]
Friday, October 23, 9:00-1:00 am. SPPH Grand Rounds.
Jennifer Gibson, University of Toronto
Student Lunch to follow
Place: School of Population and Public Health, room B151
Topic: “Confronting Ibsen’s Predicament: Epistemic Priority and Aims Approaches to Values in Science” [abstract]
Friday, October 16, 3:00-5:00 pm
Dan Steel, University of British Columbia
Buchanan A202
Sunday August 9, 6:30-7:30 pm
Place: Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver
Tuesday May 19, 9:00 am -1:30pm
Colleen Dell
Place: University of British Columbia Ballroom
Humanities and Citizenship Rountable
Wednesday April 29, 1:00-2:00 pm
Place: Henry Angus 966 (Sauder School)
Wednesday, March 18, 12:00 pm
Helen Mayberg, Emory University will be the DANA BAW Distinguished Neuroethics Lecturer.
“Speaking Truth to Fear”
Tuesday, March 17, 12:00–1:30 pm
Linden MacIntyre, CBC (Retired)
Place: Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room
This is the second session of CAE’s Dialogues on Accountability in Ethically Responsible Institutions.
“Analysis of the Paternalistic Justification of an Agenda Setting Public Health Policy: The Case of Tobacco Plain Packaging”
Wednesday, March 11, 12:00–1:15 pm
Thomas Anker, University of Glasgow, Adam Smith Business School
Place: School of Population and Public Health (SPPH), B104
“Is ‘Equal Pay for Equal Work’ Merely a Principle of Nondiscrimination?”
Wednesday, March 11, 3:00–4:30 pm
Jeffrey Moriarty, Bentley University
Place: Henry Angus 966 (Sauder School)
On the limits of conventional approaches to evidence-based public health policymaking:  The case of supervised injection services*
Monday, March 2, 12:00–1:00 PM
Elaine Hyshka, University of Alberta School of Public Health
Place: National Core for Neuroethics, UBC Hospital Koerner Pavilion, Conference Room S117
February 19-20
Vancouver, BC
Friday, January 23, 12:00-1:30 pm.
Alberto Mora, Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights policy.
Place: Liu Institute for Global Issues, Multipurpose Room
This is the inaugural session of CAE’s Dialogues on Accountability in Ethically Responsible Institutions
Twitter feed of talk available here


November 7, 12:30-1:30 pm. Matty Silverstein (NYU, Abu Dhabi).
Topic: “Analyzing Reasons”. (Paper available on request.)
Place: IBLC 460

SPPH Grand Rounds: Ethics curricula in population and public health: International and local perspectives
October 24, 2014, 9:00 am
Room B151, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH)
Michael Burgess, Angus Dawson, Craig Mitton and Kim Taylor

Cognitive enhancement and increasing Ritalin in use in the Netherlands: empirical and ethical perspectives
Maartje Schermer, Professor Philosophy of Medicine
Erasmus MC, Department of Medical Ethics and Philosophy, The Netherlands
October 23, 12:00-1:00pm
Location: UBC Hospital Koerner Pavilion, Conference Room S117

CAE Lunch Series – On the Problems and Power of Silence in Democratic Theory and Practice
Sean Gray, Doctoral Candidate, UBC Department of Political Science 

October 22, 12:00-1:00pm
Klinck, Rm 238

“Trust me I’m a researcher”: perspectives of researchers, research participants and research ethics committees
October 17, 9:00am
Dr. Marilys Guillemin, Centre for Health Equity, School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne, Australia
Vancouver BC

Ethical Considerations in Functional MRI on Acutely Comatose Patients in the Intensive Care Unit
October 1, 12:00pm
Dr. Charles Weijer, Professor of Philosophy and Medicine, Canada Research Chair in Bioethics, Western University
Vancouver, BC

“The Fundamentals of Participatory Action Research: How to avoid the blunders of technocracy”
September  15, 8:30 – 9:30am
Dr. Rachel Thibeault, Professor, University of Ottawa
Dr. Jacques Chevalier, Professor Emeritus, Carleton University
Vancouver, BC

“On Ethical Value Selection of Science”.
September 9, 12:30 – 1:30pm
Dr. Aiha Chen, Visiting Professor, Southeast University (China).
Vancouver, BC

For Better or for Worse: Marketing’s Contributions to Society
May 16, 3:30 – 5:00P M
Dr. William L. Wilkie Presenting
Vancouver, BC

25th Annual Canadian Bioethics Society Conference
Looking Back; Looking Forward
May 28-31, 2014
Vancouver, BC

Making Things Right: Addressing Medical Errors and Quality Failures
June 2, 2014 12:00-1:30 pm
Dr. Anita Ho and others
Vancouver, BC

40th Annual Meeting for the Society for Philosophy and Psychology
June 18-21, 2014
Vancouver, BC

Ethics in Mining Symposium

CIM 2014 Convention
May 11-14, 2014
Vancouver, BC

Fair process effect in the classroom: Eliminating the correlation between grades and student evaluations of teaching without resorting to “gaming” student evaluations of teaching
Tom Tripp
(Washington State University)
April 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

Philosophy of Pharmocology
Dan J. Stein
(University of Cape Town)
April 7, 2014, 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
Dr. Joel S. Kaminsky
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
Dr. Peter Danielson
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

Tom Hurka
Aristotle on Virtue: Wrong, wrong, wrong
(STS Colloquium, co-sponsored by CAE)
March 22, 2013
3:00 PM-5:00 PM in BUCH A201
Handout for talk

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

CIHR’s Café Scientifique
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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Jan. 16

Richard Paisley (Institute for Resources and Environment, UBC)

International Water Law, Peace and Security: Lessons from a Troubled Planet

Jan. 22

Patricia Baird (Medical Genetics, UBC)

Clinical trials and the public interest: Findings of the Inquiry into the case involving Dr. Olivieri, the Hospital for Sick Children, the University of Toronto and Apotex Inc

Thur. February 7. Nazi Medicine: Good or Bad (or Both)?, Robert Proctor, Genetic Politics: The Legacy of Nazi Eugenics, A Lecture Series (Norman Rothstein Theatre, JCC, 950 West 41st Avenue, at Oak).

Wed. February 13. Procreative Freedom and Enhancement, Nicholas Agar, Centre for Applied Ethics Colloquium (2-4pm, Henry Angus 215, UBC).

Tues. February 19. Beauty and the beast: making sense of animal welfare in today’s world, Caroline Hewson, First Peter Stratton Memorial Lecture, Animal Welfare Program (7:15pm, UBC at Robson Square, 800 Robson Street).

Wed. February 20. Mining Stock Scams – how to identify, police, and eliminate them! Workshop, Centre for Environmental Research in Minerals, Metals and Materials, and the Centre for Applied Ethics (UBC at Robson Square, 800 Robson Street).

Thur. March 7. Confronting Evil in Medicine: The Challenge of the Continuing Legacy of Medical Science during the Hitler Period, William Seidelman, Genetic Politics: The Legacy of Nazi Eugenics, A Lecture Series (7:30 pm, UBC at Robson Square).

Fri. March 22 – Sun. March 24. Towards Equality in Global Health: Do Ethics Matter? An Interactive Workshop for Students, Professionals, and Community Members Interested in Global Health Ethics, Medical Overseas Research and Electives (M.O.R.E.) & Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (Forestry Sciences Building, UBC).

Wed. April 10. Justifying Biodiversity Conservation: An Argument of Principle, Paul M. Wood, Centre for Applied Ethics Colloquium (2-4pm, Henry Angus 210).

Wed. April 24. Business Ethics in Executive Management Education: Bridging Competing Values, Mark Wexler, Centre for Applied Ethics Colloquium (10am-12pm, Henry Angus 210).

Thur. April 25. Prospects and Perils for Humanity of Some New genetic Technology, Patricia Baird, Genetic Politics: The Legacy of Nazi Eugenics, A Lecture Series (7:30 pm, Harbour Centre, SFU, Labatt Hall, Room 1700, 515 West Hastings Street).

Wed. May 8. Applied Ethics in a Research University. Peter Danielson, Centre for Applied Ethics Presentation (1pm, Henry Angus 210).

Thur. May 23. An Ethical Autopsy on the Old Eugenics Movement with Lessons to be Drawn, Allen Buchanan, Genetic Politics: The Legacy of Nazi Eugenics, A Lecture Series (7:30 pm, St. John’s College, UBC, Social Lounge, 2111 Lower Mall).





Jan. 9

Patricia Baird (Medical Genetics, UBC)

“Genetics in Health Care: Boon or Bane?”

Jan. 22

Helen Nissenbaum (University Center for Human Values, Princeton University)

“Privacy and Technologies of Information: The Problem of Privacy in Public”

Feb. 14

Edward Keyserlingk

“Ethics in Court: Credible Expert Witness or Gun for Hire? Reflections on a Recent Coroner’s Inquest”

Feb. 28

Iain Taylor (Botanical Gardens, UBC)

“Towards a Code of Ethics for Science – fabrication, falsification and plagiarism are just the tip of the iceberg”

Mar. 14

James Gaa (Dept of Accounting, University of Alberta)

“Good Accounting: Implications for a Profession in Decline”

Mar. 26

Kelly Bannister (University of Victoria)

Biocultural Issues in Ethnobotany: Does the “Law of Unintended Consequences” reign supreme?

Apr. 9

Lisa Fuller (Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC)

Ethical Consumption in a Starving World: Negotiating Partial and Impartial Obligations

Jun. 7

Carl Elliott (Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota)

Amputees By Choice: Apotemnophilia and the Ethics of Self-Demand Amputation

Oct. 17

Peter Danielson (Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC)

Why We Model: Simulation, Ethics & Technology

Nov. 7

Bryn Williams-Jones (Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC)

Theory, Justice, and Private Access to Adult Genetic Testing

Nov. 21

Harold Coward (University of Victoria)

The Contribution of Religious Studies to Ethics and Public Policy

Dec. 5

Jason Scott Robert (Dalhousie University)

Public Health and Population Health: What Can the Philosophy of Biology and Bioethics Contribute?





Jan. 19

Colin Soskolne (Dept.of Public Health Sciences, University of Alberta)

“Global Ecological Integrity and Human Health”

Feb. 10

EdwardKeyserlingk (Biomedical Ethics Unit, McGill University)

“Ethics in Court: Credible Expert Witness or Gun for Hire? Reflections on a Recent Coroner’s Inquest”

Feb. 21

Panel Discussion:

Larry Colero, offers business ethics training and facilitation through Crossroads Programs Inc.; Ann Svendsen, a senior partner with CoreRelations Consulting; Susan Todd, CA, from Solstice Consulting; Michael McDonald, Director of the Centre for Applied Ethics; Wayne Norman, Chair in Business Ethics at UBC

“Ethics for $$$$”: The Challenges of Consulting in Business Ethics and Corporate Citizenship

Mar. 16

David Schmidtz (Dept. of Philosophy, University of Arizona)

“How We Deserve”

Sept. 22

Paul Vimnitz (Philosophy, University of Lethbridge)

“The Deer Hunter Paradox”

Oct. 12

Michael McDonald (Centre for Applied Ethics)

“The Governance of Health Research Involving Human Subjects”

Oct. 27

CAE Panel Discussion

“Tissue and DNA Banking in BC: Ethical, Legal and Research Issues”

Oct. 28

BCCA & CAE Workshop

“Ethical and Legal Issues in Cancer Genetics: Privacy and Property”

Oct. 31

Don Ross (Philosophy, University of Cape Town, SA)

“Cognitive-evolutionary and game-theoretic foundations for the behavioral sciences; or Why economics is useful and sociology isn’t.”

Nov. 16

Lori d’Agincourt-Canning & Susan M. Cox (Centre for Applied Ethics)

“Mere Words on a Page? The Ethical and Methodological Implications of Transcription”

Dec. 6

Fern Brunger (Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC)

“Collectives, Consent and Chaos: An Anthropologist’s Take on Health Research Ethics”





Jan. 28

Daniel Weinstock, Philosophy, Université de Montréal

“Deliberative Democracy and Applied Ethics”

Feb. 9

Jennifer Jackson, School of Philosophy, University of Leeds

“Good riddance to moral absolutes?”

Feb. 23

Christopher Coope, School of Philosophy, University of Leeds

“Understanding the Objection to Murder”

Mar. 23

Stephen Ward, Sing Tao School of Journalism, UBC

“In the age of the Internet, who is a Journalist? And does it really matter?”

Apr. 7

Allen Buchanan, Philosophy, University of Arizona

“Recognitional Legitimacy and the State System”

Sept. 9

Deborah Blake, Religious Studies, Regis University

“Genetics, Ethics and Religion: Hispanic Families in New Mexico and Southern Colorado.”

Sept. 21

Susan Dodds, Philosophy Program, University of Wollongong

Human Research Ethics in Australia: Reflections on Ethical Tensions in Transition

Nov. 2

Rod Preece, Political Science, Wilfrid Laurier University

“Animals as Ends in Themselves: The Importance of Goethe’s Extenstion of the Kantian Categorical Imperative”

Nov. 25

Tom Koch, Geronotology, David Lam Centre, Simon Fraser University

“Seeking Justice: Distribution and Allocation in the US Organ Transplantation System”





Jan. 21

Thomas Faunce, Intensive Care Registrar, Canberra Hospital

“Medical Loyalty and the Perfect Baby: Regulation of Reproductive Genetics and Medical Civil Disobedience in the 21st Century.”

Jan. 27

Tim Caulfield, Faculty of Law, University of Alberta

“The Commercialization of Human Genetics: Imperialism of ‘disease’ and inadequate regulatory options”

Feb. 17

David Flaherty, B.C. Privacy Commissioner

“The Protection of Privacy: Ethics & Human Rights”

Feb. 24

Chris MacDonald,

Ph.D. Candidate, UBC Philosophy & Centre for Applied Ethics

“Coercive Treatment of Eating Disorders”

Mar. 10

Lorraine Greaves, Centre for Excellence in Women’s Health

“Ethical Issues in Action Research: : the Case of Estimating Economic Costs of Violence Against Women”

Mar. 24

Paddy Rodney, School of Nursing, University of Victoria

“Moral Agency Enacted: The Importance of Connectedness and Trust”

Mar. 31

Craig Summers, Directior of the Decision Modeling and Multimedia Lab, Laurentian University

” All Lives Are Not Equal in Public Policy: Multimedia Tools for Data Collection and Ethical Analyses”

Apr. 7

Tom Attig

“Places in the Heart: Grief and Lasting Love”

Apr. 28

Wayne Norman, Centre for Applied Ethics & Faculty of Commerce

“Is Official Multiculturalism a Threat to Stability in Canadian Society?”

Sept. 8

Lainie Friedman Ross, M.D., Ph.D.

MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, University of Chicago

“Ethical Issues Raised by Innovative Transplants and Kidney Paired-Exchanges”

Sept. 17

Dr. Darren Shickle,Clinical Senior Lecturer in Public Health Medicine University of Sheffield

“Genetics and the Holy Grail: Media Coverage and Public Attitudes”

Oct. 6

Chris MacDonald,

UBC Philosophy & Centre for Applied Ethics

“The Function and Moral Force of Clinical Standards of Practice”

Nov. 3

Monica Casper, University of California at Santa Cruz

“The Making of the Unborn Patient: Fetal Surgery as a Social/Ethical Problem”


Dec. 2, 1997, Jessica Easton, Ph.D. Candidate, U.B.C. Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies
…………….”The Missing Voice in Genetic Risk: Adolescent Experience”

September 16, 1997, Robert Sugden, (University of East Anglia)
…………….”Rationality & Experience: the role of inductive reasoning in the evolution of conventions”

April 22, 1997, David Copp (University of California at Davis, and Visiting Scholar, UBC Centre for Applied Ethics)
…………….”Territory & Sovereignty: Legitimage States & the Right to Secede”

March 10, 1997, Joe Mintoff (University of Newcastle)
…………….”Rational Cooperation, Intention & Reconsideration”

Tuesday, February 11, Mark Kingwell (Phil. Dept., U of T)
…………….”Defending Political Virtue”

Thursday, February 13, Wayne Norman, (Phil. Dept., U of Ottawa)
…………….”Consensus at What Cost? Reflections on the Working Methodology of Applied Ethics.”

Tuesday, January 21, 1997, Joan Anderson (UBC School of Nursing)
…………….”Improving Access to Health Care”

Tuesday, February 4, 1997, Chris MacDonald, M.A. (Ph.D. student, UBC Philosophy Department)
…………….”Computer Simulations in Business Ethics”


November 19, Peta Bowden (Dept. of Philosophy, Murdoch University, Australia)
…………….”Feminist Ethics and Care”

November 5, Charles Blackorby, David Donaldson, & Walter Bossert (UBC Dept. of Economics)
…………….”Foreign Aid and Population Policy: Some Ethical Considerations”

October 15, Walter Glannon (UBC Centre for Applied Ethics)
…………….”Moral Status of Embryos”

October 8, Eric Higgs (Anthropology, University of Alberta)
…………….”Environmental Ethics: Restoration and Professionalization”

September 10, Dr. Phil Gosselin (Brandon University)
…………….”Abortion, Potentiality and Probabilities”

May 14, 1996 Philippe Mongin (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)
…………….”Subjective Probability and the Aggregation Theorem”

May 9, 1996 Chris Bennett (Centre for Corporate Strategy and Change, University of Warwick)
…………….”Health Care and Risk in the New National Health Service: Issues Around Commissioning Services”

May 7, 1996 Philippe Mongin (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)
…………….”Harsanyi’s Programme in Ethics and the Impartial Observer Theorem”

April 30, 1996 Philippe Mongin (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France)
…………….”Is the Utility Concept Relevant to Ethics?”

April 15, 1996 Daryl Koehn (Dept. of Philosophy, DePaul University)
…………….”On Trust”

April 11, 1996 Daniel Gilbert, Jr. (Dept. of Management, Bucknell University)
…………….”Strategy and Ethics”.

March 15, 1996 Dr. Pinit Ratanakul (Mahidol University, Bangkok)
…………….”The Abortion Isssue Among Buddhists in Thailand”

Jan. 30, 1996 Chris MacDonald and Chris Moreno, graduate students, U.B.C. Philosophy
……………. “Values in Cyberspace: The Ethics of Web-Site Engineering.”

Jan. 24, 1996 Bill McKellin (U.B.C. Anthropology and a Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Applied Ethics)
……………. “Genetics &Kinship: the Double-Bind of Family Members in Genetic Testing.”


November 7, 1995. Walter Glannon, Centre for Applied Ethics
…………….”How Responsible Are We For Our Health?”

October 31, 1995. Susan Dodds, Dept. of Philosophy, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, Australia
…………….”Tensions Between Feminist Bioethics and Feminist Political Theory in Reproductive Control”

October 3, 1995. Charles Blackorby, Walter Bossert, & David Donaldson, Economics, UBC
…………….”Intertemporal Population Ethics: Critical-Level Utilitarian Principles”:

September 26, 1995. Peter Danielson, Philosophy Dept. & Centre for Applied Ethics, UBC
…………….”Ethical Aftermath of Incentive Compatible Devices”

Jul. 6, 1995. – David Schmidtz, Bowling Green University (Candidate for the Chair in Business Ethics)
…………… “Diminishing Marginal Utility.”

Jul. 5, 1995. – Conrad Brunk, Conrad Grebel College at the University of Waterloo (Candidate for the Chair in Business Ethics)
…………….”What Does Dow Corning Owe Women Who Claim Injury from Silicone Breast Implants? A Case Study in Risk Science, Law and Ethics”

Jun. 27, 1995. – Norman Frolich, University of Manitoba (Candidate for the Chair in Business Ethics)
……………..”Optimal Policies & Ethical Behaviour: Some Unexpected Contradictions”

Apr. 25, 1995. – Francoise Baylis, Philosophy Dept., Univ. of Tennessee
…………….”When is Treatment Futile?”

Apr. 20, 1995. – Ted Keyserlingk, McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics & Law
…………….”The Dominance of Law in Biomedical Ethics – Some Implications, Opportunities and Remedies”

Apr. 13, 1995. – Michael Burgess, Medical Bioethics, University of Calgary
…………….”Context and Politics in Applied Ethics: Patient’s Right to Genetic Data”

Mar. 27, 1995. – Tim Dare, University of Auckland Philosophy Dept.
…………….”Finding the Lost Lawyer: Kronman on Practical Wisdom and Professional Ethics”

Mar. 21, 1995. – Gloria Parker, Minister’s Special Advisory Committee on Ethical Issues in Health Care.
……………”The Function and Work of the Committee on Ethical Issues in Health Care in B.C.”

Feb. 21, 1995. – Avigail Eisenberg, UBC Dept. of Political Science
……………”The Ethos of Collectivism? – The Politics of the North”

Feb. 14, 1995. – Michael McDonald, Centre for Applied Ethics
……………”The Ethics of Retroactive Environmental Legislation”

Jan. 24, 1995. – Richard Rosenberg, Dept. of Computer Science:
……………”Emerging Social Issues on the Internet & Information Highway”

* An asterisk denotes an externally sponsored event that CAE  is helping to publicize.