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April 19, 2018 | Conscience Matters: Tensions between Religious Rights and Civil Rights


A discussion of conscience protection in light of recent cases in the
law and in healthcare with presentations from Nancy Berlinger and Linda Greenhouse, Q&A, and a reception to follow.

NANCY BERLINGER, “Reframing the Ethics of Conscience in Healthcare”
Nancy Berlinger, PhD, is a Research Scholar at The Hastings Center, an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit bioethics research institute based in Garrison, NY. She studies and writes about ethical challenges in health care work and about related societal questions. Her special interests include social justice in aging societies, health care
access for migrant populations, treatment decision-making and care for seriously ill people, and problems of safety and harm in health care systems. She co-directs Undocumented Patients, a knowledge hub on health care access and resource allocation concerning undocumented immigrants in the United States. She is the author, co-author, or co-editor of four books, including After Harm: Medical Error and the Ethics of Forgiveness (2005) and Are Workarounds Ethical? Managing Moral Problems in Health Care Systems (2016). In 2018, she will be a practitioner fellow at the Bellagio Center of the Rockefeller Foundation, for a book project on migration. Locally, she serves on the Bioethics Committee at Montefiore Medical Center and teaches an interdisciplinary course on Migration at Lehman College, City University of New York. She is a graduate of Smith College and earned a PhD in English literature from the University of Glasgow. She also received a MDiv, with a focus on ethics, from Union Theological Seminary.

LINDA GREENHOUSE “The Challenge of Conscience in a Civil Society”
Linda Greenhouse is the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at Yale Law School. She assumed this position in 2009 after a 40-year career at the New York Times, including 30 years covering the United States Supreme Court. At Yale, she is a member of the faculty of the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic and teaches other Supreme Court-related courses. She writes a bi-weekly op-ed
column on the Supreme Court and law for the New York Times web site as a contributing columnist. In her extracurricular life, she is president of the American Philosophical Society and serves on several nonprofit boards. She is a graduate of Radcliffe College, Harvard, and earned a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School. She received numerous journalism awards for her reporting, including a Pulitzer Prize in 1998 (beat reporting); the Carey McWilliams Award from the American Political Science Association in 2002 for “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics”; and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University’s Kennedy School in 2004. Her newest book, published in October 2017 by
Harvard University Press, is a brief memoir, Just a Journalist. Other books include The Burger Court and the Rise of the Judicial Right (with Michael J. Graetz), The U.S. Supreme Court: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press); a biography of Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Becoming Justice Blackmun; and Before Roe v. Wade: Voices That Shaped the Abortion Debate Before the Supreme Court’s Ruling (with Reva B. Siegel).

Location: McNally Auditorium, Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
Date & Time: April 19th, 6 pm

Public event: please RSVP here.


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