Bioethics Lectures Available in DigitalGeorgetown

Georgetown Law Professor Patricia King speaking at An Evening Honoring Tom Beauchamp April 11, 2016

The Bioethics Research Library has digitized and preserved more than 350 hours of bioethics lectures presented at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics from 1973–2016. These lectures are now available to all in DigitalGeorgetown, the Library’s digital repository.

"Through our project, a large collection of lectures on some of the most pertinent bioethical issues of the day will be made freely available to the public,” said John Zarrillo, head of archival processing for the Booth Family Center for Special Collections. “This includes the KIE’s Intensive Bioethics Courses, which have been taught by many of the most influential bioethicists of the past 50 years."

The recordings address the major bioethical concerns of the past 50 years, including reproductive care, stem cell research, the HIV-AIDS crisis, and religious ethics as they relate to health care. The collection includes lectures delivered by current Chief Medical Advisor to the President Anthony Fauci and Vanessa Northington Gamble, who chaired the committee that investigated the Tuskegee Syphilis Study in 1996. Other lectures were delivered by KIE scholars and a variety of prominent doctors, philosophers, public health officials, theologians, and scientists.

The project was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.