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Seminars and Conferences

Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights

From January 17th to 20th, the Dartmouth Ethics Institute sent Kaila Pedersen '14 to serve as a delegate at the Northwestern University Conference on Human Rights. This year's topic was "Human Rights and International Peacekeeping: From Military Intervention to Local Peacekeeping Efforts." The conference brought together 44 students from across the country for a critical study of conflict resolution initiatives. Delegates engaged with guest speakers to consider the ethics and efficacy of peacekeeping and reconciliation efforts at various scales. The conference also involved visits to several locations of Cease Fire Illinois (also called Cure Violence), a non-profit that seeks to end violence within various Chicago neighborhoods through grassroots approaches. Mediators at Dartmouth (M@D) plans to build upon Kaila's experience in Chicago to develop a community-based conflict resolution program for Dartmouth students and students in the Upper Valley. Remy Franklin '13, who attended last year's conference on the global food crisis, also participated.

Dartmouth Buddhist Seminars 2013 (April 5, 6 and 23, 2013)

The Upper Valley Zen Center, the affiliated Dartmouth Zen Practice and co-sponsors at Dartmouth College have organized seminars over several years on topics including the Buddhist Sutras, Buddhist perspectives on medicine, and Buddhist perspectives on social responsibility, in a format that combines academics and practice.

This year two events are planned for Dartmouth.  The first is a seminar titled "A Buddhist Perspective on Power, Gender and Sexual Misconduct".  The second will be a presentation by noted translator Red Pine (aka Bill Porter) on his recently released version of The Lankavatara Sutra, an important text in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.

(For more information about these events, click on the Events Calendar to the right.)

18th Annual Pediatric Ethics Conference (May 1, 2013)

Pediatric Grand Rounds    Organ Donation After Cardiac Death

8:00- 9:00 am                       Auditorium E                  Ari Joffe MD

Organ Donation After Cardiac Death: Point Counter Point

12:15 – 1:00 pm                   Auditorium G                  Ari Joffe MD; James Bernat MD

Ari Joffe, MD, FRCPC, is a specialist in Pediatric Critical Care and Pediatric Infectious Diseases, practicing at the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton since 1995. Ari is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and with the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre, University of Alberta. He has an interest in the ethics of the practice of organ donation after brain death and after cardiocirculatory death. He also researches outcomes in children that have had complex pediatric therapies in critical care. A more recent interest is the ethics of our treatment of animals, both in medical research and in factory farming.

James L. Bernat, M.D. is the Louis and Ruth Frank Professor of Neuroscience and Professor of Neurology and Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He chairs the Expert Panel on Circulatory Death Determination of the U.S. Health Resources Services Administration Department of Transplantation. He also serves on the Advisory Panel for the International Guidelines for the Determination of Death sponsored by the World Health Organization.

Sponsored by the Bioethics Committee Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Children's Hospital at Dartmouth, and the Ethics Institute at Dartmouth College

Kierkegaard's Legacy at 200 (May 16, 2013)

In addition to examining some of the major thinkers that Kierkegaard's work has influenced, this seminar will draw on the work of George Pattison, a leading international scholar of Kierkegaard who will be in residence as a Montgomery Fellow.  Much of the focus of the seminar and this day's discussion will be Kierkegaard's significance for modern ethical reflection.  Co-sponsored by the Ethics Institute and the Religion Department at Dartmouth College.

Last Updated: 5/15/13