Center Seminars

Each year, the Center presents a series of monthly seminars focusing on challenging issues in ethics and the humanities as they relate to health care. Seminars are free and open to the public.

For more information about Bioethics and Humanities Center Seminars, contact Deirdre Neilen at

Center Seminar Schedule



June 11
12-1 pm

Lunch will be
provided at 11:45

"How, When, & Why Should the People Speak? Rethinking Public Engagement in an Era of Health Reform"

Ariane Gelpi, PhD, MPH, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

In recent years, the role of the public—including patients, advocates and families—in shaping health reform has become increasingly important at all levels. Yet questions, both ethical and practical, remain about how best to involve the public. Drawing on international examples, Dr. Gelpi will examine the strengths and weaknesses of three prominent approaches to public engagement and draw lessons for how to improve such participation.

Adriane Gelpi, PhD, MPH is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Network Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. She received her PhD in Health Policy and Ethics from Harvard University and her MPH from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health.

Location: Room 318 Library, Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave.



June 12
12-1 pm

Lunch will be
provided at 11:45


"Treatment Choice for Children with Cancer: Integrating the Concept of Family Healing"

Amy Caruso Brown, MD, MSc, University of Colorado Denver

Many medical anthropologists approach healing as a family- and community-oriented process, in which physical cure is not the only or even the primary goal. Western physicians and other biomedical practitioners often struggle with supporting and guiding families of children with cancer when the prognosis becomes terminal. Through a novel model of treatment choice and sample cases, Dr. Caruso Brown will explore whether families and providers alike can benefit from restructuring their viewpoints to align more closely with traditional healing practices by acknowledging the family as a psychosocial whole.

Amy Caruso Brown, MD, is a Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the University of Colorado Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus). She received her medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and Master of Science in Medical Anthropology from the University of Oxford.

Location: 3509/3510 Setnor, 766 Irving Ave

Please feel free to bring your own brown bag lunch! SUNY Upstate faculty, staff, and students and members of the community are welcome to attend.

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Submissions accepted annually September 1 through May 1.