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ASBH 22nd Annual Conference

October 15-18, 2020
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD

The American Society for Bioethics and Humanities' Annual Conference connects individuals and groups across many disciplines, all with interest in clinical and academic bioethics and health-related humanities. The conference provides a platform for presenting new ideas, debate, discussion, learning and networking with other professionals in related fields.

Program Theme
Justice and Flourishing in a Pluralistic World

Program Description

The 22nd ASBH Annual Conference takes place at a time when themes that preoccupy the bioethics and health humanities community are receiving increased national attention. By focusing on justice and flourishing, we invite submissions that interrogate, bolster, and reflect upon those themes and our past, present, and future ways of approaching them. We wonder: What does it mean to seek justice in a world where injustices are manifest? What does it mean to practice tolerance in a pluralistic society, yet also seek truth or certainty in response to moral dilemmas? How should we pursue social justice as educators, scholars, public intellectuals, clinicians, policymakers, and humanists? Should we at all? What is human flourishing and what are the institutions and practices that support it? What role should we have in supporting human flourishing? We invite submissions responsive to questions like these, as well as perennial topics in bioethics and health humanities. We also invite interprofessional and interdisciplinary approaches to these subjects, including empirical bioethics, critical humanities, religious bioethics, activist scholarship, conceptual analysis, education theory, economic analysis, policymaking, and traditional methods in bioethics and health humanities.

After participating in this conference, attendees should be able to:

  • Discuss emerging issues in bioethics and the medical humanities
  • Discuss and apply recent research findings related to bioethics and the medical humanities
  • Articulate differing conceptions of justice within a pluralistic society

Session topics include:

  • Clinical ethics and clinical ethics consultation
  • Religion, culture and social sciences
  • Arts and literature
  • Philosophy and history
  • Research ethics and empirical research
  • Law, public health policy, organizational ethics
  • Education and inter-professional studies
  • Diversity, disparity and inclusion

Who Should Attend

The American Society of Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) Annual Conference is designed for physicians, nurses, attorneys, historians, philosophers, professors of literature and the humanities, members of the clergy, social workers, and others engaged in endeavors related to clinical and academic bioethics and the health-related humanities. 

Continuing Education Credit


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2020 Program Committee

Thomas Cunningham, PhD, Chair
Kaiser Permanente

Stacey Tovino, JD, PhD
UNLV William S Boyd School of Law

Devan Stahl, PhD
Baylor University 

Erin Lamb, PhD
Hiram College 

Board Liaisons

Ana Iltis, PhD
Wake Forest University

Kayhan Parsi, HEC-C, JD, PhD
Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

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