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Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity concludes successful summer conference

Trinity CommunicationsJune 24, 2019

The post-conference phase of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity’s 26th Annual Conference concludes this week, following a successful and well-attended conference on the Deerfield campus.

Seven plenary speakers examined the theme “Taking Care: Perspectives for the End of Life” during the summer conference June 20-22.

At least 52 bioethics students took part in the conference, which attracted visitors from 34 U.S. states and seven nations. It appears to be the second-best attendance for the conference, dating back to 1993.

Lydia Dugdale of Yale Law School opened the conference with a plenary address Thursday evening titled “Reclaiming the Lost Art of Dying.” Donald A. Carson, emeritus research professor of New Testament at TEDS, also presented a Thursday evening address. Carson’s presentation “Biblical and Theological ‘Givens’ for Responsible Christian Thinking About Death.”

Tracy A. Balboni of Harvard Medical School started the Friday sessions with a plenary presentation on “Empirical Perspectives on Care at the End of Life.” The afternoon session Friday dealt with the issue of assisted suicide and featured a Netherlands perspective from Theo A. Boer of the Protestant Theological Seminary in Groningen, Netherlands.

Jon Tilburt of the Mayo Clinic spoke Saturday morning on the issue “Care Taking in Secular Bioethics.” Patrick T. Smith of Duke Divinity School presented “Eyes to See, Ears to Hear: Seeking Shalom for Those Dying at the Margins” on Saturday afternoon.

The concluding plenary address came Saturday evening. John F. Kilner, the Franklin Forman Chair of Ethics, Professor of Bioethics and Contemporary Culture, and the Director of Bioethics Degree Programs at TIU, examined “Dignity and Life on the Line: Ending Well.”

In addition to the plenary sessions, the conference also featured 29 additional poster and paper presentations in the Rodine Global Ministry Building.

Pre-conference and post-conference sessions stemmed from seven for-credit courses examining bioethical issues. Faculty present the classes for academic credit and/or continuing education credit, but some students audit the sessions.

For more information about CBHD conferences and presentations throughout the year, please visit CBHD.org.

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