Save the Date: 2013 Merrimon Lecture & Health Justice Conference

The Merrimon Lecture will be given by Dr. Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, co-author of Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy (2006).

When Oct 04, 2013 04:30 PM to
Oct 05, 2013 05:30 PM
Where Rosenau Auditorium and Hyde Hall
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Friday, October 4, 2013: 4:30 – 6 p.m. in Rosenau Auditorium

The Merrimon Lecture: Ruth R. Faden, PhD, MPH

Philip Franklin Wagley Professor of Biomedical Ethics and

Director, Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics

Saturday, October 5, 2013: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. in Hyde Hall

“Comparing Approaches to Health Inequalities and Justice: A Dialogue on Theory, Method, and (Inter)Disciplinarity

This interdisciplinary conference will explore the nexus of insights available through various disciplinary and cross-disciplinary theories, methods, and approaches to questions of justice and inequality in health and health care, and will create the context for a fruitful dialogue between these approaches. On Friday, October 4, 2013, we will open the conference with a public address of the Annual Merrimon Lecture, inaugurated in 1966, in the School of Medicine at UNC. The Merrimon lecture will be given by Dr. Ruth Faden, PhD, MPH, co-author of Social Justice: The Moral Foundations of Public Health and Health Policy (2006). This text develops the compelling argument that achieving justice requires establishing institutional and structural arrangements that facilitate people's well-being, a position that we believe establishes a conceptual bridge between the many different contributors to the fields of justice and health inequalities. The Merrimon Lecture will be followed by a day-long conference on Saturday, October 5, consisting of three panels of four paper presentations, responses, and discussions, in which participants will engage with pre-circulated, original research papers, offering an opportunity to delve deeper into each others’ arguments and approaches. Participants will also include local expert commentators as well as interested faculty and students in relevant departments in the School of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Social Medicine, and School of Public Health.

The idea for this conference represents the culmination of ongoing efforts by participating units to create interdisciplinary dialogues between issues of concerns to medicine, public health, the humanities, and social sciences. For the last three years, the Moral Economies of Medicine Working Group (based in the Anthropology Department) has been vibrant and growing, with active participation of scholars from Social Medicine and the Center for Bioethics. At the same time, scholars in Medical Anthropology, Social Medicine, Philosophy, and the Center for Bioethics have also joined together for talks at the Bioethics at UNC (BUNC) discussion group and at Research Ethics and Clinical Ethics Grand Rounds, at the Medical School. These meetings have been important in establishing a shared language and creating the necessary networks for crossing disciplinary boundaries. We look forward to including researchers and scholars from around the country to participate in these conversations.

Co-sponsored by: Center for Bioethics, School of Medicine Merrimon Lectureship, College of Arts and Sciences, Institute for Arts and Humanities, Moral Economies of Medicine Working Group, Department of Anthropology, Department of Social Medicine, Center for Health Equity Research, Department of Philosophy, and Parr Center for Ethics.