Bioethics and Race

The IU Center for Bioethics is committed to creating an environment that embraces different perspectives and opinions on some of the challenging problems in society. To improve race relations and health outcomes, tough discussions are a must. Series led by our center aims to facilitate these discussions and encourage active participation in ameliorating disparities in our communities.

Selected Lectures

Vaccine Hesitancy at Hospitals: How Should We Respond? (July 2021)


  • Professor Johanna T. Crane, PhD Associate Professor, Alden March Bioethics Institute Course Director of Health, Care, and Society 1 & 2, Albany Medical College
  • Kara Simpson, LCSW-R Associate Director of Social Work, Behavioral Health Services, Jacobi Medical Center
  • Jennifer Breznay, MD MPH Program Director, Division of Geriatrics Co-Chair, Bioethics Committee Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  • Louis Voigt, MD Chair, Ethics Committee Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Ashley L. Stewart, RN, BSN Infection Prevention Coordinator Carthage Area Hospital
  • David N. Hoffman, Lecturer in the Discipline of Bioethics


  • This panel discussion explores why many hospital employees still hesitate to get vaccinated. How do they view these issues, what factors are involved, and how should these challenges best be addressed?


August 12th, 2020 - Black Lives and Health Justice: Lessons Learned from the Long Civil Right Movement, Part 1.

August 20th, 2020 - Part 2

  • Speaker: Elizabeth A. Nelson, PhD

Dying Prematurely: Discussing Death & Dying with African Americans

  • Speaker: Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS; Associate Professor Obstetrics & Gynecology; Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs, IU School of Medicine

    1. Discuss racial differences in end-of-life decision making
    2. Develop a historical and cultural context for understanding these differences
    a. Untimely deaths, unequal treatment, and the ‘not-so-good’ death
    3. Consider the implications for clinical care
    4. Tools & Resources: 5 ‘F’s Framework