Update: News and activities from some of our Voices’ editors and contributors.

Voices’ Arts page editor Dr. Obiora N. Anekwe was recently selected to present his research on the unethical educational and medical treatment of patients at the former Willowbrook State School at the upcoming 8th International Conference on Ethics in Biology, Engineering & Medicine (ICEBEM 2015), Brooklyn, New York, and the Tomorrow People’s Public Health Conference 2015, Bangkok. His presentation, “Unheard voices of Willowbrook: A bioethics education perspective on New York’s infamous state school, 1947-1987,” originates from Anekwe’s studies as a New York City Teaching Fellow and graduate student in special education at Pace University. It will consist of his original photography and collage artwork on Willowbrook. Anekwe hopes to continue his research about Willowbrook in order to publish it in book form. His bioethics master’s thesis on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study will be published as a book in February. The book will also consist of essays on race, class, and justice in health care and medicine entitled, Ethically Speaking.


Recently, Voices’ editor Derek Ayeh has published two pieces in the online magazine The New Inquiry. The first, titled “How Ought We Die?” considers the need for a new approach to how the hospital thinks about dying patients, centered around good deaths rather than prolonged life. His second piece, titled “Sickness Unto Death,” is a review of Atul Gawande’s newest book Being Mortal.

See both of Derek’s articles at: http://thenewinquiry.com/essays/how-ought-we-die/


Voices’ editor Lillian Ringel has been named the Associate Director of the Bioethics Masters and Online Programs for Columbia University’s Master of Science in Bioethics Program. She is thrilled to continue her connection with Voices and with the Bioethics program in this capacity. Lillian’s legal background has informed her study and work in bioethics. She looks forward to how bioethics will continue to mold her professional and personal worldview.


Former Voices’ editor Alanna Walker is the current president of the Rotaract Club at the United Nations. In that role she created the 2014 first annual Rotary International United Nations Day Ethics Essay Contest. The inaugural contest focused on the historic outbreak of Ebola in West Africa. Contest entrants were asked to examine the topic of experimental treatments for Ebola and how limited supplies could be ethically distributed. They were also asked to consider who should bear the costs of distribution and what criteria could be used to determine eligibility for treatment. (Voices’ editor Stephanie Holmquist served as one of the contest judges.)

Alanna writes that, “Because of their international reach, Rotary and Rotaract have a lot of influence on global health crises. I have been fascinated by how people outside of the academic realm discussed ethical issues. I felt and still feel that people responding to global health crises should think critically about the ethical issues of their work and discuss them on a large scale.”

For more on the contest, the winning essay and Rotary International’s global humanitarian outreach contact Alanna aw2741@columbia.edu or see: http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/history/history/un/story.htm#.VK52cyvF-So


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