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Anita Allen

Spring 2012 Dorsett Fellow: Anita Allen

Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania and a member of President Obama's Presidential Bioethics Commission.

"Privacy in the Era of Social Media: Goodbye to Health Privacy"

Anita Allen

Wednesday April 4th, 2012
Filene Auditorium, Moore Hall

Dartmouth College

Free and open to the public

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Anita L. Allen is the Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has been a Senior Fellow of the university's Bioethics Department in the School of Medicine and a member of the Graduate Group Faculty in Africana Studies.

Last year, President Obama appointed Dr. Allen to his Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues.   She sits on the Board of the Hastings Center, and is Chair of the Hastings Fellows' Council; she serves on the board of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and the Maternity Care Coalition, a Philadelphia non-profit.   She is on the advisory board of the Electronic Information Privacy Center and formerly served on the National Association for Women Lawyer's Judicial Evaluation Committee, as well as the Executive Committee of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.   Allen currently serves on the board WePAC, the West Philadelphia Alliance for Children, a non-profit devoted to promoting literacy by opening libraries in elementary and secondary schools in low income communities.

Allen is a B.A. graduate of New College, in Sarasota, Florida.  She earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, and J.D. from Harvard Law.  She has received awards from the Ford Foundation, the American Association of University Women and the American Council for Learned Societies.  She was formerly a Law and Public Affairs Fellow at Princeton University.

Allen's work focuses on law, ethics and bioethics.  She is the author of numerous articles and several books and textbooks.  Her most recent book is a defense of privacy paternalism, Unpopular Privacy: What Must We Hide?  (2011). Other books include Privacy Law: and Society (2011);  Why Privacy Isn't Everything: Feminist Reflections on Personal Accountability (2003); The New Ethics: A Guided Tour of the 21st Century Moral Landscape (2004).  Allen is a former ethics columnist for the Newark Star Ledger and O Magazine, and has contributed to the,, and other popular blogs.  She has appeared on National Public Radio and on major television networks - MSNBC, CNN, CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX.

Allen has lectured widely in the US and abroad. She has been a visiting professor at Waseda University in Tokyo, Yale Law School, and Harvard Law School.  In 2011, Dr. Allen will be a visiting professor at Tel-Aviv University in Israel.


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