Onora O’Neill to Examine the Ethics of Public Health and Global Health at Lecture Hosted by Yeshiva University and NYU Ethics Centers

Professor Onora O'Neill

Apr 16, 2008 — Renowned ethicist and political philosopher Onora O’Neill will present a lecture on “Broadening Bioethics: Clinical Ethics, Public Health, and Global Health” on Wednesday, April 30 at 7:30 pm at the Yeshiva University Museum/Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street. The event is co-sponsored by the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University (YU) and the NYU Center for Bioethics.

Professor O’Neill is president of the British Academy, professor of philosophy at Cambridge University, and a Life Peer in the British House of Lords. She chairs the Nuffield Foundation, and previously chaired the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and the Human Genetics Advisory Commission in the UK. She is the second Leonard and Tobee Kaplan Scholar-in-Residence of the Center for Ethics at YU.

Professor O’Neill’s presentation will examine the prevailing narrow view of bioethics. She posits that bioethics commonly focuses on clinical settings, and, as a result, ignores pressing ethical issues in public and global health. To seriously address these issues, she argues, bioethics needs to go beyond its emphasis on individual consent, autonomy, and the just distribution of health care. “Clinical ethics therefore presupposes an ethics of public health,” she notes.

Professor O’Neill is the author of Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics (2002), A Question of Trust (the 2002 Reith Lectures), and Rethinking Informed Consent (co-authored with Neil Manson, 2007).

The Center for Ethics at YU was founded in 2006 to foster research and public discussion on ethical issues and the integration of ethical analysis into the curriculum throughout all the undergraduate and graduate schools of Yeshiva University.

Under the direction of Dr. Adrienne Asch, the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics at YU and professor of epidemiology and population health at the university’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine, the Center for Ethics supports original scholarship on major ethical and policy issues, and serves as a resource for ethics and applied ethics both within and beyond the university.

The lecture is free and open to the public with a valid photo ID. To reserve a seat, please contact events@yu.edu or 212-960-0189. The event is wheelchair accessible and ASL interpretation will be provided.

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