Tag Archives | Video Archive

Bioethics Institute Lecture: “A More Democratic Bioethics Debate for Our Polarized Times” with Prof. John Evans

“A More Democratic Bioethics Debate for Our Polarized Times”


Presentation by
John Evans, Ph.D.
University of California San Diego

Response by
Roberto Dell’Oro, Ph.D.
Director of the Bioethics Institute and Professor of Theology, LMU



Bioethical debate informs policymakers and others about the ethics of medicine and science, such as whether we should engage in reproductive cloning or radically extend life expectancy. Professor Evans will describe the history of the bioethical debate in the U.S. and how it is disconnected from the American public’s views. Bioethical debate has become polarized, and Professor Evans will make a proposal for making bioethical debate more accountable to the public’s views.

About the Speaker:

John H. Evans is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California San Diego who earned his B.A. from Macalester College and his Ph.D. from Princeton. He has been a Post-doctoral Fellow at Yale, a visiting member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, and has held a visiting professorial fellowships at the University of Edinburgh and the University of Muenster. His most recent book, titled The History and Future of Bioethics: A Sociological View (2012, Oxford University Press) uses sociological reasoning to examine the history of bioethics and offers a solution to what he sees as the crisis in bioethics debate. His previous books include Playing God? Human Genetic Engineering and the Rationalization of Public Bioethical Debate (2002, University of Chicago Press), which won the Distinguished Book Award from the Religion Section of the American Sociological Association, and Contested Reproduction: Genetic Technologies, Religion and Public Debate (2010, University of Chicago Press), which examines how ordinary religious people in the U.S. talk about reproductive genetic technologies. In addition to these books, Evans has written over 35 articles and book chapters on topics in religion, culture, politics and science.

Evans Lecture_Flyer

Death: Why the Brain Matters

A panel discussion for the public and healthcare professionals presented by UCLA Health Ethics Center. Speakers are: Alex Capron, LL.B Professor, Law and Medicine James Hynds, Ph.D. Senior Clinical Ethicist, UCLA Health System Paul Vespa, M.D. Director, Neuro ICU, RRUCLA Medical Center Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bioethics Institute Lecture: “The Euthanasia Debate: International Perspectives” by Prof. John Keown

“The Euthanasia Debate: International Perspectives”

Presentation by:
John Keown, D.Phil., Ph.D.
Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Response by:
Christopher Kaczor, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy, Loyola Marymount University


The legality of voluntary euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide has been a controversial issue in the United States and other countries. John Keown, D.Phil., Ph.D., argues that legalizing physician-assisted suicide may lead to a slippery slope that could result in the unnecessary killing of patients. The debate calls us to question the meanings of compassion and autonomy as it relates to human suffering. Professor Keown will speak about the central issues in the debate, exploring the full moral and legal implications both nationally and globally.

About the Speaker:

John Keown, D.Phil., Ph.D. is a graduate of Cambridge University in law. He earned a doctorate at Oxford University. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales and won the Prize for Advocacy. Professor Keown’s research has been cited by distinguished bodies worldwide, including the United States Supreme Court, the Law Lords, the House of Commons, the House of Lords Select Committee on Medical Ethics, and the Australian Senate. He has served as a member of the ethics committee of the British Medical Association and is regularly consulted on legal and ethical aspects of medicine, specializing on beginning and end of life issues.

Keown Lecture Flyer