Bioethics and Race

HERE: Health, Equity, Race and Ethics

This new mini-series by the IU Center for Bioethics features IUCB faculty and outside experts applying an ethics lens to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  Speakers will explore contemporary DEI topics in health and research using diverse ethical perspectives, including feminist ethics, narrative ethics, human rights frameworks, critical race theory, or other approaches. These talks are meant to be explorations of DEI that can broaden and deepen our understanding of methodology and theory in bioethics, and thus deepen our appreciation for problems and ways forward in equity and diversity.

To watch the first lecture of this series, please click here. 

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

Upcoming Speakers

Please check back here for an updated list of upcoming lectures.