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Academy in Contex: 2009-2010

Overcoming Moral Distress
Thursday, April 1, 6:15 p.m., Faculty Club

Lynn Pasquerella, a prominent ethicist who received her PhD from Brown University in 1985, spoke shortly after being named president-elect of Mount Holyoke College. The dinner-seminar topic, “Overcoming Moral Distress,” explored ethical decision making in hospital and other institutional settings. What should a person do if organizational and institutional cultures conflict with what seems to be the right course of action? Come, contribute and consider approaches to overcoming the phenomenon of moral distress.

The Dirty, Rotten Secrets of Health Care Reform
Thursday, November 12, 6 p.m., Faculty Club

The Graduate School was delighted to present James A. Morone, Chair and Professor of Political Science at Brown University, on a timely topic: why does health care reform create such a political frenzy? Jim, who has told parts of this story on NPR's Morning Edition, Science Friday, Market Place as well as on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer and CBS Sunday Morning, looked at why health care reform is so difficult in the U.S. and what the frenzy tells us about American politics and culture. This dinner-seminar gave graduate students the opportunity to engage with him on the ethics of health care reform and the past, the present and the future of American health care.