Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium


What does it mean to be human? Do we control our medical technology? Or does our technology control us? Is American health care just? If so, for whom? Join us at the Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium as explore these questions and many more. See series flyer here.

The Oregon Bioethics and Humanities Colloquium (OBHC) is an eight-part academic lecture series beginning in October 2021. The goal of the OBHC is to foster substantive inquiry, conversation, and education in biomedical ethics and medical humanism by bringing together scholars and students from diverse disciplines including medicine, philosophy, literature, sociology, religion, anthropology, health policy, and more. The OBHC aims to create an environment where critical examination of the human experience is the norm, and seeks to provide innovative perspectives on medicine and health— perspectives that will both challenge and edify all who attend.

Upcoming Presentation Spotlight

On Monday, October 4, from 12-1:00PM PT, Heidi Funke, MN, MA, RN, HEC-C, will be kicking off OBHC with, Are There Really Any Ethics Experts?. Throughout this presentation, we will explore the complex dimensions of ethics expertise - does it even exist? If so, who has it and how is it developed? 

Heidi has been at OHSU for 10 years, first as a staff nurse on the orthopedic unit, and now as full-time faculty in the OHSU School of Nursing. Heidi has a bachelor's and master's degree in philosophy as well as a bachelor's and master's degree in nursing. She also completed a graduate certificate in bioethics and health policy through Loyola University Chicago, is an Associate Director of the OHSU Center for Ethics in Health Care, and recently earned her Healthcare Ethics Consultant-Certification (HEC-C). Heidi will be done with school once and for all when she finishes a PhD in Nursing Ethics in the spring of 2022. In her role with the School of Nursing, Heidi works with students in OHSU's BSN programs, teaching primarily in courses related to chronic illness and end of life. She also serves on the OHSU Ethics Consult Service and Institutional Ethics Committee.

2021-2022 OBHC Series Schedule

  • Monday, October 4 from 12-1PM PT - Are There Really Any Ethics Experts? by Heidi Funke, MN, MA, RN, HEC-C from Oregon Health & Science University - Join via WebEx HERE

  • Monday, November 8 from 12-1PM PT - A Brain Organoid Created From My Cells? Ethical Challenges in Human Brain Organoid Research by Kate MacDuffie, PhD, MA from the Univeristy of Washington Autism Center and Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics at Seattle Children's Hospital

  • Monday, December 6 from 12-1PM PT - The Clinical Utility Problem for Germline Genetic Interventions by Bryan Cwik, PhD from Portland State University

  • Thursday, January 13 from 12-1PM PT by Courtney S. Campbell, PhD, MA from Oregon State University

  • Thursday, February 17 from 12-1PM PT by Sarah Jean Barton, ThD, MS, OTR/L, BCP from Duke University School of Medicine and Duke Divinity School

  • Tuesday, March 1 from 8-9AM PT by Lydia Dugdale, MD, MAR from the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons

  • Thursday, April 14 from 12-1PM PT by Daena J. Goldsmith, PhD, MA from Lewis & Clark College

  • Thursday, May 19 from 12-1PM PT by William Sturkey, PhD, MA from the Univeristy of North Carolina

Please contact Megan Spickerman at helmme@ohsu.edu with any questions.