Past Events

  • Climate Change Series: Structures and Systems - From Geography to the Workplace

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    Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    The Geography of Environmental Inequality

    Jeremy Hoffman, PhD
    Science Museum of Virginia
    Richmond, VA

    Healthcare Delivery in the Climate Crisis

    Emily Senay, MD, MPH
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    New York City, NY

    Existing structures and systems deeply impact the intersectional relationship between climate change, health, and social justice. What are these factors? What issues must be recognized and acknowledged? What must we understand and how should we respond?

    This event is the second in a three-part series of lectures on Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice: Issues, Ethics, and Action. For more information and lecture recordings

  • From Planet to Patient: Understanding Connections, Issues, and Action

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    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

    Connecting Planetary Health and Human Health... Ethically

    Howard Frumkin, MD, DrPH
    University of Washington School of Public Health

    Opportunities for Clinical Action at the Intersection of Climate Change and Health Equity

    Aparna Bole, MD
    Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

    From the big picture perspective of a changing planet, moving to a lens on the human and individual level, Drs. Howard Frumkin and Aparna Bole collaboratively discuss the complex interconnections between planetary health and human health. What are the far-reaching impacts of climate change on health?  What are the ethical considerations? What are the implications for patients and clinicians? And what are our opportunities and responsibilities for action?

    This event is the first in a three-part series of lectures on Climate Change, Health, and Social Justice: Issues, Ethics, and Action. More information and lecture recordings


  • Race and Reproduction: Eugenic Sterilization Revisited

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    Thursday, October 29, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Endowed Lectureships
    Johanna Schoen, PhD, Professor of History, Rutgers University - New Brunswick

    This talk in the Boyarsky Series on Race & Health analyzes the history of North Carolina’s eugenic sterilization program which operated from 1929-1975 and authorized the sterilization of more than 7,000 people.

    See a recording of the talk.


  • Keepers of the House: Documentary Screening and Discussion

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    Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Discussion to follow.
    In this 15-minute documentary video, eight hospital housekeepers talk about their special human relationships with patients and their families and the ways in which they believe their work contributes to healing.
    See a recording of the event.
  • Creativity & Mental Health

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    Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

    A discussion marking the 30th anniversary of William Styron's Darkness Visible, a memoir of his depression & recovery.

    More information....

  • Duke Hospital's History: A Conversation about Race and Memory

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    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Special Event
    Damon Tweedy, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Jeffrey Baker, MD, PhD, Director, Trent Center for Bioethics, Humanities & History of Medicine; Professor of Pediatrics and History


    From 1930 to the 1960s, Duke hospital’s wards were segregated by race. Did people of color truly receive “separate but equal” care? In what ways did the civil rights movement successfully challenge these inequities?  Did the racism associated with the Jim Crow era collapse, or re-appear in new forms?

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  • Research Unbound: Seeking Ethical Solutions to New (and Old) Problems

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    Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 5:30pm
    • Endowed Lectureships
    Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA, Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine, Johns Hopkins University

    Recent controversies such as the birth of the first gene-edited babies in China, unchecked uses of unproven stem cell-based therapies, clinical trials conducted without patient consent, and HIV research with vulnerable populations challenge existing approaches aimed at ensuring that research is ethically sound. New and creative solutions are needed to appropriately manage research that seems to be unbound.

  • The Ethics of Automating Informed Consent: A Comparative Study

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    Tuesday, February 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
    • Humanities in Medicine Lecture
    Chris Simon, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine

    Informed consent has entered the digital age. Automated consent processes are replacing face-to-face (F2F) discussions of research. Is this a good thing? For whom? How do we advance the ethical and legal integrity of consent processes as the emphasis shifts to technological efficiency? Professor  Simon addresses these questions with the support of fresh data from a multisite randomized trial comparing electronic and F2F consent processes for genomic biobanks.

    See recording of Chris Simon's talk.