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Upcoming Events
Thursday, December 12, 2019 @ 10th Floor, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Conference Room 10
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, NC   Come and hear one of the WFU Bioethics Graduate Programs' recent graduates speak - Rev. Sarah S. Howell-Miller, M.Div., MA. Program Overview In a clinical setting and beyond, people who use drugs (PWUD) frequently are assumed to be difficult, noncompliant, and untrustworthy—which affects both how they are treated and the outcome of that treatment. Harm Reduction— which is both a set of practical strategies to reduce the harm of drug use, and a social justice movement for the rights and dignity of PWUD—invites us to break down assumptions about substance use and seek a less punitive, more public health-oriented approach. Using the principles of bioethics and drawing on frameworks like the social model of disability, this talk will highlight ways to restore agency and dignity to PWUD. Tools and best practices will also be shared as relates to reducing harm among PWUD, families, communities and caring professionals. Speaker - Bio Sarah Howell-Miller comes from a religious leadership background, holding two degrees from Duke University: a bachelor’s degree in religion and a Master of Divinity. Sarah is an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church and currently splits time among several vocations: leading an experiment in young adult Christian community on the campus of Crossnore School & Children’s Home; serving on staff at Green Street United Methodist Church; and advocating for a more compassionate approach to substance use and addiction as a volunteer with Twin City Harm Reduction Collective and as a participant in and consultant for the national Faith in Harm Reduction leadership team. In August 2019, Sarah completed a M.A. in Bioethics at Wake Forest University, where she wrote her master’s thesis on substance use, harm reduction, disability studies, and liberation theology. Sarah is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who performs regularly with Martha Bassett and friends. She enjoys hiking, biking, cooking, reading, hanging out with friends, and spoiling her pitbulls along with her husband, Colin. Register on site or through this link:

Date/Time Event
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
"What Knowing Might Mean" - A Performable Case Study by Bioethics Graduate Students
Room 410, Benson University Center, Winston-Salem NC
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Bioethics Seminar - What Study Participants Can Teach Us About Research Ethics - Rebecca Dresser, JD, MS
Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education, Winston-Salem NC
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
"Original Body of Pain" Free Documentary film screening & discussion from WFU showing in Asheville, NC, co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics, Health & Society
Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville NC
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
"How Wisely Are We Choosing?" - Bioethics Lecture - Howard Brody, MD, PhD
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Bioethics Lecture: "I'm Afraid I Can't Do That, Dave": Ethical Issues of Medical AIs
Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem NC
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Three Generations - No Imbeciles: The History of the Eugenics Movement in America
Wake Forest University, School of Law, Winston-Salem
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Exploring Ethics Talk: Ethics and Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation: Hands, Faces, and Beyond - 14 December
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem NC
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
What Can We Learn From Charlie Gard?
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Winston-Salem NC
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Am I My “Brother’s” Medical Keeper?
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
March 29 - Gene Drives on the Horizon: Challenges in Science, Ethics, & Governance
Wake DownTown, Room 4503, 4th Floor, Boardroom, Winston-Salem NC
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
What Can Bioethics Contribute to Addressing Racism? - Marion Danis, MD
Annenberg Auditorium, Carswell Hall, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem
8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Conundrums in Clinical Ethics Consultation: Consciousness, Capacity, & Compulsion Conference- 24 February
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center, Conference Center, Winston-Salem NC
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
January 12: The State of Eugenics - film screening - followed by moderated panel
Kulynych Auditorium, Porter Byrum Welcome Center, WFU, Winston-Salem
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Epigenetics and the Problem of Personal Justice
Room 4001, 4th Floor, 525@Vine Street, Winston Salem NC
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
The Affordable Care Act: Is it Working or Failing?
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Winston-Salem NC
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Recognition & Relationships: Solidarity and the Moral Imagination
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Winston-Salem NC
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Genetics & Inequality
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium, Room 404, Winston-Salem NC
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Performable Case Study - "Perhaps A Level Field" - The (Bio)Ethics of Third-Party Litigation Funding
Room 409, Benson University Center, Winston-Salem NC


Am I My “Brother’s” Medical Keeper?


Tuesday November 14, 2017

Magnolia Room, Reynolda Hall


The debate over the Affordable Care Act during President Obama’s administration and the ongoing debate over the future of the ACA today makes very clear how divided we are over who should fund health care and how, what it means to provide access to good quality health care, what choices individuals and families should have regarding their health care coverage, the obligations we have to others in our community, who counts as a community member, and the tradeoffs we should make in shaping the U.S. health care system. At its heart, this divide is about differing views on what sort of good health care is, what it is for, and how a health care system should and can work.  But that value question is rarely addressed head on in debates about whether the ACA should be replaced and, if so, by what.  The panel discussion and hands-on, interactive demonstration we have planned will help us explore these issues as a community.


Dinner will be served from 5-5:30 pm. The panel and hands-on interactive demonstration will begin at 5:30 pm.


Registration is required and space is limited:



Christina M. Dalton, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economic, Wake Forest University

Mark A. Hall, JD, Professor of Law and Public Health, Co-Director, Bioethics Graduate Program, Wake Forest University

Alana M. James, Associate Director, Engagement, Wake Downtown & Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Richard W. Lord, Jr., MD, MA​, ​Chair and Professor, Family and Community Medicine, Vice President for Clinical Operations of Population Health


​If you have any questions, please contact: Stephanie Reitz: reitzsct@wfu.ed or 336-758-4256