Seton Hall University Health and Medical Sciences

Professor to Facilitate Panels on Community and Pandemic Related Ethical Issues  

Bryan Pilkington 320 picPetersheim Academic Exposition Ethics Events
During the 25th annual Petersheim Academic Exposition, Bryan Pilkington, PhD, will host two sessions with panelists from Seton Hall to address bioethical issues impacting our communities. 

Event Description: During COVID, we have seen broad responses to health and ethics challenges held in common, but many bioethical issues are local. In these sessions, student and faculty scholars discuss bioethical issues which impact particular communities.

In the first session titled, "Bioethical Issues in Community Contexts: Perspectives from Philosophy, Theology, and Law" Pilkington and experts from religion, philosophy and law discuss issues of health and ethics within communities and community-based approaches. This session will be held from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, April 29th. Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here.

Panelists include:

  • Ki Joo (KC) Choi, PhD: Does Racial Recognition Matter in Bioethics? The Case of Covid and Asian Americans
  • Carl Coleman, JD: Bioethical issues in global infectious disease outbreaks
  • Kirk Johnson, PhD: Covid, Ethics, and Perspectives from the Black Church
  • Bryan Pilkington, PhD: Debts to Location: A Community-Based Bioethics 

The second session, "Bioethical Issues in Community Contexts: Perspectives from Student Scholars", will feature short presentations from undergraduate and graduate student scholars. This session will run from 1 -2 p.m. on Thursday, April 29th. Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here.

Panelists include:

  • Renee Samuel: Immigration and Medical Ethics
  • Elizabeth Shehata: Ethics, Genetics, & Parenthood: An Examination of Reprogenetic Technologies
  • Jenny Orth: A Return of the Yellow Peril Beast 

To view the full schedule of events, visit:

IHS Bioethics, The Dignity Series: Online
Following the Expo events on Thursday, April 29th, Pilkington will engage with Dr. Lydia Dugdale to discuss the lessons learned from the current and past pandemics.

Event description: History may well record the infliction of lonely dying as the greatest tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic. To mitigate virus spread and conserve PPE, facilities introduced severe visitor restrictions. Families were prohibited from gathering, and the most vulnerable suffered physically and mentally. This talk explores the ethics of pandemic-induced lonely dying. It recalls an earlier plague, when dying was inescapably a community affair, and proposes that we reclaim this lost art of dying well. Lydia Dugdale is the Dorothy L. and Daniel H. Silberberg Associate Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, where she also directs Columbia’s Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. A primary care doctor, Dugdale served on the frontlines of the Spring 2020 COVID outbreak in New York City. Her latest book, The Lost Art of Dying (HarperOne, 2020), draws on lessons from the mid-fourteenth century Bubonic plague outbreak to ask how we might live well in order to die well. 

This event, cosponsored by the Center for Catholic Studies and the IHS Library, will be held on Thursday, April 29th at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Register in advance for this meeting by clicking here. 

COVID Ethics Series: Expertise in the Time of COVID. Who has it? Who should have it?

Event description: As we come upon the one-year mark of COVID-19’s impact on the globe, we open our third season of the COVID Ethics Series. In Expertise in the Time of COVID: Who has it? Who should have it?, a panel of experts discuss the roles that authority, information literacy, and reasoning in situations of uncertainty have in responding ethically to a pandemic.

Panelists include: 

  • Jennifer Oliva, JD, Seton Hall Law
  • Kayhan Parsi, JD, PhD, Loyola University Chicago
  • Peter Wicks, PhD, Elm Institute
  • Chelsea Barrett, MBA, MI, Seton Hall University

The discussion is sponsored by IHS Bioethics, IHS Student Life and the IHS Library. To register for the event on May 4th at 1 p.m. via Zoom click here.

For more bioethics talks, please visit: Click here to listen to The COVID Ethics Series Podcast.

Categories: Health and Medicine