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Taking Seriously the Duty to Plan: The Future of Health, Education, Sports, and Politics After COVID  

President NyreOver the spring and much of the summer, Professor Bryan Pilkington held weekly conversations with leading experts from medicine, nursing, and the health sciences, as well as political theorists, economists, ethicists, philosophers and legal experts.

The COVID Ethics Series, recently discussed in the European Journal of Medicine and Natural Sciences, focuses on the various impacts of COVID-19 throughout society.

The topic of conversation this week will be "Taking Seriously the Duty to Plan: The Future of Health, Education, Sports, and Politics After COVID" and will feature a panel of multi-disciplinary experts discussing how the ethical norm which is well entrenched in the field of bioethics – the duty to plan – is taken up in these other sectors. Panelists will discuss what they see as the ethical issues on the horizon, including in education, health, sports, and public policy.

The panel will include Dr. Joseph Nyre, president of Seton Hall University; Mr. Robert Garrett, the CEO of Hackensack Meridian Health; Prof. Charles Grantham, former executive director of the National Basketball Players Association and director of the Center for Sport Management at Seton Hall's Stillman School of Business; and Professor Molly Patterson, department chair, Political Science at Aquinas College.

The panel will convene virtually on Tuesday, October 20 at 12:30 p.m.

"COVID-19 has impacted societies in various ways and laid bare the failures of institutions from every walk of life to plan for challenging eventualities," said Pilkington. "This panel brings together some of this nation's foremost experts in health, education, politics and sports – which were all very publicly impacted by the coronavirus. Taking seriously the duty to plan does not mean merely stockpiling resources, but critically and practically reasoning about potential future challenges."

Pilkington, an associate professor in the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University and the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and the Editorial Advisory Boards of HealthCare Ethics Committee Forum and Christian Bioethics, and is a Junior Scholar at the Paul Ramsey Institute.

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The Series:

Formed with the belief that we arrive at the best answers to challenging ethical questions by practically reasoning together, "Taking Seriously the Duty to Plan: The Future of Health, Education, Sports, and Politics After COVID" is the twelfth installment of this program.

Previous panels have covered:

  • Unmasking Ethical Foundations in the Time of COVID: What We Owe to Each Other
  • Stop Killing our Patients: Pandemic, Protest and the Outcry for Justice
  • Discrimination Intensified: Equity in the Time of COVID
  • Ethics and Questions of Risk in Healthcare: An Interprofessional Discussion
  • Today and Tomorrow: Prioritizing the Present in the Time of COVID Sports and Recreation in the Time of COVID
  • Intentions and the Limits of Aid: Best Practices in the Fight against COVID
  • Pregnancy and Covid-19: Keeping Mothers Babies Well
  • Lattes and Letters – a student advocacy session
  • Vulnerability and Dependence in the Time of COVID

For those unable to attend or participate in these panels, recordings of the events have been archived through the Interprofessional Health Sciences Library and can be accessed here.

All are welcome! Please share with colleagues, friends, and family; faculty, staff, and students; neighbors or just folks who might be interested. Follow us on social media to ask questions of our panelists and to connect information on our twitter handle: @SHUBioEthics and via Instagram at: SetonHallBioethics.

Categories: Health and Medicine

For more information, please contact:

  • Michael Ricciardelli
  • (908) 447-3034