Politics/Law

Politics/Law

The Need for Hospital Ethics Committees

John Robertson, Vinson & Elkins Chair, School of Law, University of Texas at Austin, discusses three major episodes in the development of hospital ethics committees and how the ethics committees have moved back and forth between an advisory role and a legal authority.

Religion, Migration, and Feminist Theory

Susan Friedman, Professor, English and Women's Studies, UW-Madison, discusses her research on contemporary Muslim women writing about current events in today’s world.

Our Declaration: In Defense of Equality

Danielle S. Allen, Professor, School of Social Science, Institute of Advanced Study, delves into the Declaration of Independence, presenting historical facts and encouraging the re-commitment to civic agency and equality.

Controversies in Whole Genome Sequencing

Ellen Wright Clayton, Professor, Law and Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, questions the trend toward patients requesting genetic testing and cautions against the use of that information for things that weren’t originally being tested. Genomes change over the course of a lifetime because of environmental and health factors.

Abuse Prevention in Down Syndrome

Susan Heighway, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Waisman Center Clinics, provides strategies and reviews issues and concerns about sexuality, abuse prevention and social relationships with people with Down Syndrome.

Growth Attenuation and Disabled Children

Douglas Diekema, Professor, Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children's Hospital, delves into the medical and ethical issues surrounding a young disabled girl with precocious puberty and her parents’ request to stop her development.

The Market in Blood, Milk, and Sperm in America

Kara Swanson, Associate Professor, Northeastern University School of Law, discusses the legal implications of use of body products routinely used by the medical community. Swanson delves into the current body product exchange, body products as property and the history behind the exchanges.

Must Technology Rule Our Lives?

Evan Selinger, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that increasingly, consumer electronics and proprietary social networking platforms mediate our intimate interactions and explains why it’s important that we do certain things ourselves and steer the future away from excessive technological outsourcing.

Policing Blackness after the Second World War

Simon Balto, Graduate Student, Department of History, UW-Madison, examines the relationships between race and the police responses as black people migrated to urban centers in the mid-twentieth century. Balto focuses on perceptions of danger and safety, how urban spaces were constructed in racial ways and how the criminal justice system has responded.

Digital Society and its Discontents

Evgeny Morozov, Author and Journalist, discusses the need for literate criticism of technology.

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