Academy of Fellows

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Claretta Y. Dupree, PhD
Chair of the Academy of Fellows


The Academy of Fellows of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity is an interdisciplinary community of scholars in bioethics who engage in thoughtful discussion, charitable engagement, and mutual support. The Academy exists to:

i) Advance scholarship in bioethics across the disciplines of theology, law, medicine, nursing, public policy, and philosophy, with particular attention to Judeo-Christian Hippocratism

ii) Produce publications that will positively influence public discussion of bioethics and remain faithful to Christian principles and values

iii) Promote and protect the dignity of all human beings at all life stages, from conception to death

iv) Educate and mentor the next generation of Christian bioethicists.

The Academy is led by an executive committee that consists of the Chair of the Academy, Claretta Y. Dupree, PhD; CBHD Executive Director, Paige C. Cunningham, JD, MA; and CBHD Managing Director & Research Scholar, Michael J. Sleasman, PhD. Fellows are appointed to three-year renewable terms. CBHD is a Christian bioethics research center committed to the academic freedom of our Fellows as an indispensible aspect of excellence in Christian scholarship. All of those affiliated with the Academy hold in common a commitment to CBHD’s core values and principles. Because bioethics is an ongoing dialogue, a range of interpretations is likely to exist within the Academy.

Listing of Current Fellows


Academy of Fellows Events

Hope & Christian Bioethics
5th CBHD Academy of Fellows Consultation
Friday-Saturday, February 5-6, 2016
Deerfield, Illinois

4th CBHD Academy of Fellows Consultation
Friday-Saturday, January 23-24, 2015
Deerfield, Illinois

Bioethics & Justice: Towards a Christian Understanding
3rd CBHD Academy of Fellows Consultation
November 1-2, 2013
Deerfield, Illinois

The Ethics & Theology of Synthetic Gametes
2nd CBHD Academy of Fellows Consultation
November 3, 2012
Deerfield, Illinois

Paul Ramsey and Christian Bioethics
1st CBHD Academy of Fellows Consultation
Featured Speaker: Gilbert Meilaender, PhD
April 28-29, 2011
Chicago, Illinois