Seton Hall University

African American Newborns: A Matter of Public Health & Christian Ethics  

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 Patrick Smith, Ph.D.

At 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 14 at the IHS campus, the Office of Student Life and Seton Hall BioEthics are hosting a lecture by Professor Patrick Smith entitled "Care of Severely Impaired African-American Newborns: A Matter of Public Health and Christian Social Ethics."

This event is the inaugural lecture of the dignity series, a newly establishes series through which Seton Hall BioEthics seeks to gather preeminent scholars and members of our communities to practically reason together about pressing questions of our shared humanity.

Healthcare disparities among members of our communities are deeply troubling, and in this lecture, Prof. Smith addresses the role that structural racism plays in particular instances of disparity. His talk engages resources from theology and philosophy to offer a bioethical analysis, grounded in empirical research and critical argument.

Prof. Smith is Associate Research Professor of Theological Ethics and Bioethics at Duke Divinity School, Senior Fellow for the Kenan Institute of Ethics, and Associate Faculty Member for the Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities, and the History of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities and is the 2019 recipient of the Paul Ramsey Award for Excellence in Bioethics.

Following the inaugural lecture, Professor Bryan Pilkington will moderate an interactive question and answer session.

For more information, please contact Kelly Freeman at or Bryan Pilkington at

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Categories: Health and Medicine

For more information, please contact:

  • Kelly Freeman
  • (973) 542-6978