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Preconference Institutes and Postconference Seminars explore contemporary bioethical issues more in-depth and can be taken with or without academic credit and/or continuing education credit. Academic credit hours are offered through Trinity International University and can be credited toward degree programs at Trinity or transferred to other institutions. Preconference institutes will be held from June 17–20 and the postconference seminar will be held from June 24–26 on the Trinity campus.

 Intensive Bioethics Institute (BE5100)

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June 17–20, 2019

This course provides a graduate level survey of the field of bioethics, introducing competing ways of addressing bioethical issues in historical, philosophical, and theological perspectives. Topics include history of bioethics, competing ethical approaches, beginning-of-life issues, assisted reproduction, end-of-life care, stem cell research, cloning, and other bioethical challenges. All academic credit students must attend the conference, June 20–22, conference fee waived.

Directed by Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD, PhD

Paige Cunningham

Paige Comstock
Cunningham

 

 Advanced Bioethics Institute (BE6500)

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June 17–20, 2019

This course considers various approaches to bioethics in greater depth, as well as coverage of key cutting-edge bioethical topics. Past topics have included biopolitics, feminist ethics, virtue ethics and moral theology, human enhancement, global bioethics, genetics, and the ethics of emerging technologies. All academic credit students must attend the conference, June 20–22, conference fee waived.

Directed by Michael J. Sleasman, PhD

Michael Sleasman

Michael J. Sleasman
 

 Basic Bioethics Institute for Professionals (BE476x)

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June 19–20, 2019

An overview offered at the undergraduate and professional levels exploring key issues in bioethics with special interest for professionals in medicine, healthcare, media, and pastoral ministry. Topics include clinical ethics, stem cell research, cloning, biotechnologies, abortion, assisted reproduction, and end-of-life decision-making. The conference is included for all participants and academic credit students in this course.

Directed by Joyce Shelton, PhD

Joyce Shelton

Joyce Shelton

 

 Contemporary Issues in Bioethics (BE7700a)

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June 19–20, 2019

This is a guided research course designed to explore emerging issues in contemporary bioethics through topical workshops led by an interdisciplinary team of speakers addressing areas of respective expertise. Special emphasis in the workshops will be given to the professional dimensions of the issues under consideration, as well as an examination of the evolving academic literature.

Directed by Michael J. Sleasman, PhD

Michael Sleasman

Michael J. Sleasman

 

 Bioethics National Conference (BE5900)

BE477X Syllabus Link
Graduate

 

BE477X Syllabus Link
Undergraduate

June 20–22, 2019

This course provides an additional academic perspective on the conference. It includes class meetings in conjunction with the conference, but most of the content will be the conference itself. Readings prior to the conference and assignments following will be required. It is only offered for academic credit. Conference fee is waived and lunch is included.

Directed by Hans Madueme, MD, PhD

Hans Madueme

Hans Madueme

 

 Human Nature, Personal Identity, and the Ethics of Brain Technologies 

 Seminar (BE7700b)

BE6800 Syllabus Link

June 24–26, 2019

This seminar explores ethical, philosophical, and theological questions raised by current and emerging brain imaging technologies and neural interfaces. Is the mind the sum of the brain’s neurons? Do brain scans provide a complete or accurate picture of who we are? Has free will been disproved, and if so, what becomes of moral agency? Can or should pharmaceutical agents or electronic interfaces be used to alter personal identity? Memory? Pain or pleasure? Should technology be used to augment human intelligence? What is the best way to improve our minds?

Directed by William P. Cheshire, Jr.

Claretta Y. Dupree

William P. Cheshire, Jr.

 

MORE INFORMATION

Preconference Institutes
Preconference Institutes will meet primarily from 9:00am–5:30pm on the Trinity campus, June 17–20. Those wishing to attend the conference must register for the conference as well. The Intensive Bioethics Institute can be taken for 3 academic credits, the Advanced Bioethics Institute for 3–4 academic credits, and the Contemporary Issues in Bioethics course for 1–2 academic credits. All academic credit students are required to attend the conference as part of the course.

Postconference Seminar
The Postconference Seminar will meet from 8:30am–4:30pm on the Trinity campus, Monday through Wednesday immediately following the conference, June 24–26. Those wishing to attend the conference must register for the conference as well. The postconference seminar can be taken for 2–3 academic credits.

Academic Credit Students
Academic credit hours are offered through Trinity International University (TIU) and can be credited toward degree programs at Trinity or transferred to other institutions. Those taking a Pre-Conference Institute or National Bioethics Conference Course for academic credit are required to attend the conference and are automatically registered for the conference when they register for the course through TIU. If you are not currently a Trinity student and are interested in academic credit, please contact Trinity Graduate Admissions at 847.317.8000. The conference fee is waived for those students. Academic credit cannot be requested after the event.

Non-Credit Students
Courses are open to anyone who has an interest in bioethics, but may not necessarily be pursuing a degree. Those interested in the non-credit option for the courses can register via the conference website by clicking the register button. Those wishing to attend the conference must register for the conference as well.

Continuing Education Students
A certificate of completion can be granted for any of the summer courses offered by CBHD. Several of the courses and conference offer continuing education credits for medical professionals. More information will be available once all continuing education credits have been approved.

 

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