Date: July 30, 2019

From Wake Forest University, showing in Asheville, NC, co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society


5:30pm – 7:30pm


Diana Wortham Theatre
18 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

Join the filmmakers, film participants, and participating healthcare/recovery organizations for a free documentary screening and discussion.

Original Body of Painthe MFA thesis of filmmakers Dominic Silva and SJ Wright (Wake Forest University | Documentary Film Program, ’18), follows families impacted by substance use disorders and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – when infants are born exposed to opioids and other drugs and must withdraw from them.

But this film isn’t a sob story or a portrait of shame. The film presents a raw, yet fully compassionate look at the issue, as women work through past traumas and attempt long-term recovery. But as these mothers fight for sobriety and family, unforeseen challenges will test their resolve and threaten their families’ futures.

Meanwhile home health nurse Joanna Christoph addresses the issue of NAS with grit and heart.


~ 5:30 | Audience arrives and takes seats
~ 6 pm | Film introduction and screening
~ 6:55 pm | Panel discussion with film participants and recovery workers
~ 7:10 | Audience Q&A
~ 7:30 | End


There are several lots adjacent to Diana Wortham, including Pack Square Garage, Pack Square Parking, McLaurin Parking, and Biltmore Avenue Parking Garage.


*While this is a free event, you must reserve your ticket at Eventbrite in order to be admitted. After that, make sure to let your friends know you’re coming on Facebook by RSVPing and sharing our event.


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Date: February 5, 2019


4:00pm – 5:00pm


Howard Brody, MD, PhD

Howard Brody, MD, PhD, Adjunct Professor, Family Medicine,
University of Tennessee-Knoxville

The rationing debate has generally addressed the spectrum of high-value to low-value care, with an uncertain dividing line between them. However, if there exists a category of no-value care, many of the ethical problems disappear. The Choosing Wisely campaign has been one way to address no-benefit care, although this message has not been consistently conveyed. Dr. Brody’s lecture examines the pros and cons of the Choosing Wisely campaign to date and assesses its future.

Auditorium,  Room 4802,
WFIQ/Wake Downtown Campus
455 Vine Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Refreshments to follow – Room 4503, 4th Floor Boardroom,
WFIQ/ Wake Downtown Campus, 455 Vine Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Date: February 26, 2018


12:00pm – 1:00pm


Wake Forest University, School of Law

Dr. Paul Lombardo, Regents’ Professor & Bobby Lee Cook Professor of Law, Georgia State Univeristy.

Dr. Lombardo will discuss the history and implications of the American Eugenics Movement and share the disturbing behind-the-scenes story of Buck v. Bell, a Supreme Court case that upheld Virginia’s sterilization law. There will be ample time for Q&A and lunch will be served.

Dr. Lombardo has served as a senior advisor to the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues and published extensively on topics including eugenics, health law, medico-legal history, and bioethics. His books include: “Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court and Buck v. Bell (2008) and A Century of Eugenics in America: From the Indiana Experiment to the Human Genome Era (2011).” Among other things, Dr. Lombardo has served as a consultant for a U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum exhibit as well as for several films exploring the impact of eugenic screening.

Monday, 26 February 2018, 12:00-1:00 PM, Room 3221, Worrell Professional Center, School of Law, Wake Forest University

Date: November 1, 2016


Mark Hall, JD, Director of Health Law and Policy Program, Fred D. & Elizabeth L. Turnage Professor of Law; Founding Director, Center for Bioethics, Health & Society, and co-director, the Master’s degree program in Bioethics, Wake Forest University


5:00-6:00 PM – Refreshments to follow
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Wake Forest University

Date: October 11, 2016


Bruce Jennings, MA,   Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Health Policy &
Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society, Vanderbilt University Medical Center;
Senior Fellow, Center for Humans & Nature; Fellow & Senior Advisor, The Hastings Center


5:00-6:00 PM – Refreshments to follow
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Wake Forest University

Date: September 13, 2016


William A. Darity, Jr., PhD,  Samuel DuBois  Cook Professor of Public Policy,  Sanford School of Public Policy; Professor of African and African American Studies; Professor of Economics Affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy;  Faculty Research Scholar of DuPRI’s Population Research Center; Affiliate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society, Duke University


5:00-6:00 PM, Refreshments to follow
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Wake Forest University

Performed by Spring 2016 Performable Case Studies Class (BIE 727)

Monday 25 April 7:00-8:00 pm

Room 409, Benson University Center, Wake Forest University

The case concerns the ways in which a person who has been injured by a medical device or a questionable medical intervention can become a means to a lucrative end — “investment” or “claim asset” — due to the growing financial services practice of lending to plaintiffs and plaintiffs’ attorneys in class action litigation.

Whether this is exploitative or empowers plaintiffs with pecuniary resources that would otherwise be out of reach — “leveling the field” — is one of a number of issues that the case study interrogates, through the experience of a medically and legally vulnerable patient.

Refreshments to follow

For further information about the Bioethics Seminar Series, please contact Stephanie Reitz:

<> or 758-4256. Website:



Just published book written by our very own John Moskop, PhD,

He is the Professor of Internal Medicine and Wallace and Mona Wu Chair of Biomedical Ethics at the Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He chairs the Clinical Ethics Committee at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and serves on the Ethics Committee of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is the author of more than one hundred articles and book chapters on a broad range of topics in bioethics.

About the book

Who should have access to assisted reproductive technologies? Which one of many seriously ill patients should be offered the next available transplant organ? When may a surrogate decision maker decide to withdraw life-prolonging measures from an unconscious patient? Questions like these feature prominently in the field of health care ethics and in the education of health care professionals. This book provides a concise introduction to the major concepts, principles and issues in health care ethics, using case studies throughout to illustrate and analyze challenging ethical issues in contemporary health care. Topics range widely, from confidentiality and truthfulness to end-of-life care and research on human subjects. Ethics and Health Care will be a vital resource for students of applied ethics, bioethics, professional ethics, health law and medical sociology, as well as students of medicine, nursing and other health care professions.

For more details please go here.


Kahn_Jonathan-225x315JONATHAN KAHN, JD, PhD, James E. Kelley Chair in Tort Law, & Professor of Law, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

Dr. Kahn is a thoughtful and prolific scholar and critical thinker, who specializes in addressing biotechnology’s implications for our ideas of identity, rights, and citizenship, with a particular focus on race and justice. In particular, his work combines law, policy, biology, and bioethics to address the challenges posed by racial categorizations and genetic associations in the pharmaceutical industry.

Refreshments to follow

Tuesday 5 April 4:00-5:00 pm
Room 4001, 525@Vine
Winston-Salem NC, 27101 (WFU Downtown Campus)

Robert Turrell Professor and Chair, Department of Medical History and Bioethics
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lederer photoDr. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of Medical History and Bioethics, and Chair of the Department of Medical History and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is spending the spring semester at UNC-Chapel Hill as the 2016
UNC-Duke Nannerl Keohane Distinguished Visiting Professor.

Dr. Lederer is the author of numerous important articles and books examining the history of medicine and medical research; medicine and society in twentieth-century America; race, medicine, and public health; medicine and popular culture; research ethics; and the
history of medical ethics. She is currently at work on a biography of Dr. Henry Beecher. Her lecture revisits his classic 1966 article on

research ethics in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Thursday 3 March 4:00-5:00 pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404
Reynolda Campus, Wake Forest University

Reception to follow