Annual Conference

ASBH21 1050x250 Banner RevisedASBH 23rd Annual Conference

Program Theme
Bioethics and Humanities at the Crossroads

Program Description

ASBH’s 23rd Annual Conference takes its inspiration from our original meeting location at the “Crossroads of America”: Indianapolis, Indiana. With the decision to hold a dynamically virtual Annual Conference in 2021, we will explore critically the many intersections of bioethics, health humanities, and the worlds with which we engage. The responses to COVID-19—both national and global—have awakened deep concerns about our healthcare systems, systemic inequity, and divergent worldviews, as well as awareness of the potential for new alliances and creative solutions. As we converge together digitally—recognizing that we are people with different values, beliefs, identities, perspectives, experiences, knowledge, and skills—let us foreground the many strengths of our diverse community to address these challenges, envision these possibilities, and chart new paths forward.

The conference will address how can we recognize and amplify the essential contributions made at the intersection of bioethics and health humanities? What relationship to activism and advocacy may or should these fields have? With increased attention being given to critical and intersectional methodologies in bioethics and health humanities discourse that engage with age, class, disability, immigration status, race and ethnicity, religion, sexuality, and gender identity, and other essential perspectives—how might we think about the scope and access of our fields? What expanded public roles or new contributions might lie ahead for these fields?

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

  • Explore emerging issues in bioethics and the health humanities
  • Discuss and apply recent research findings and insights from critical methodologies related to bioethics and the health humanities
  • Demonstrate how bioethics and health humanities intersect to address emerging issues 
  • Identify opportunities to advocate for structural, cultural, and disciplinary changes through examination of diverse values and viewpoints

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


The ASBH 23nd Annual Conference preliminary education schedule is available here

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. 

View or print the full conference brochure here.


Plenary Sessions

Preconference Sessions

Continuing Education Credit


Past/Future Conferences

Productive Engagement 


Respect common sense norms for public behavior, personal interaction, and common courtesy. Abusive, harassing, or threatening behavior is not acceptable.

Real Conversation 

ASBH encourages an environment of free expression, diverse points of view, scholarly exchange, and mutual respect.

2021 Program Committee

Erin Lamb, PhD, Chair
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Lisa Campo-Engelstein, PhD
University of Texas Medical Branch

Thomas Cunningham, PhD
Kaiser Permanente

Laura Guidry-Grimes, PhD
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Elizabeth Pendo, JD
Saint Louis University  

Devan Stahl, PhD
Baylor University 

Board Liaisons

Ana Iltis, PhD
Wake Forest University

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

Thank you to our 2021 Supporters!


Albany Medical College UPDATED 300            American Journal of Bioethics 400 


case western logo 400       Christian Bioethics Screen Grab Logo


Duquesne University logo 400         Emory Student Sponsorship 500


Hastings Center                   JHU Berman Institute Logo 350


IU logo 400      Fairbanks logo 400


IUPUI logo 400     JMP Title colored


Temple Horizontal 500     Loyola Bioethics General Sponsor and Thought Leader 1500


Loyola Marymount logo 400        Bioethics Circle Stacked White with Color Background 400


Saint Louis University 500 300    Tulane UPDATED 0809 300


UTMB Logo     Wake Forest Student Sponsorship and Zoom Room 300