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Dying in a Democracy

Dying in a Democracy: Ethics, Economics, Politics, and Policy
DePauw University
March 11-13, 2013

OVERVIEW

As the title of the symposium suggests, there are many facets to consider when struggling with ethical decision making in medical bioethics. The symposium has been structured such that participants will be exposed to many ethical issues that patients, their families and their medical caregivers face in our present health care system. How are life and death decisions made? What are the criteria? What about the economics of these decisions? How does the political climate affect decision making? How will changes in the health care system affect the way we either live or die in a democracy?

FEATURED SPEAKERS

Dr. Robert Veatch, Ph.D., Georgetown University

Dr. Art Caplan, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Medical Ethics, Langone Medical Center

Kelley Benham, Enterprise Editor at the Tampa Bay Times

Dr. Gary Wright, D.O., Ethicist and Surgeon at St. Vincent's Hospital

Dr. Ben Rich, Ph.D., J.D., University of California, Davis

For more information on the speakers, click here.

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SCHEDULE 

MONDAY, MARCH 11

5:15 p.m. Reception

6 p.m. Dinner and Welcome by Dr. Bob Steele, Ph.D. Director of The Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics

7– 8:30 p.m. Welcome by Dr. Ted Bitner, Ed.D. Hampton and Esther Boswell Distinguished University Professor

Keynote Address: “Death and Biological Revolution” 
by Dr. Robert Veatch, Ph.D.

TUESDAY, MARCH 12

8 a.m. Breakfast (for registered guests)

9 a.m. “Discussions About Life and Death” roundtable discussion with 
Dr. David Mares, M.D., Dr. David Orentlicher, Ph.D., J.D.
Dr. James Rohrer, Ed.D. and Allison Wharry J.D., facilitated by 

Dr. Ted Bitner, Ed.D.

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. Keynote Address: “Hard to Die in America” by 
Dr. Arthur Caplan, Ph.D.

12 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. “A Conversation on the State of Dying in a Democracy” 
with Dr. Robert Veatch, Ph.D., Dr. Arthur Caplan, Ph.D. Dr. Ben Rich, Ph.D. and Dr. Robert Steele, Ph.D.

2 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Keynote Address: “Grief: A Human Condition?” by 
Dr. Ted Bitner, Ed.D.

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. “A Case of Euthanasia: Mock Ethics Committee” with 
Dr. Jon Hendrix, Ph.D., Dr. Daniel Cecil M.D. ’81, Dr. Gregory Pugh, M.D. ’92, Jennifer Behrens ’11 and Rahul Abhyankar ’11 (current medical students at Indiana University) facilitated by Ted Bitner

5 p.m. Reception

6 p.m. Dinner

7 – 8:30 p.m. Keynote Address: “Never Let Go: A Story of Personal and Societal Ethical Decision Making” by Kelley Benham with Bob Steele

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13

8 a.m. Breakfast (for registered guests)

9 a.m. Keynote Address: “Lethal Language, Lethal Decisions” by Dr. Gary Wright, D.O.

10:15 a.m. Break

10:30 a.m. “Politics and Policy: Political Pitfalls and Opportunities” roundtable discussion by Dr. Jon Hendrix, Ph.D., Dr. Tim Hobbs, M.D., MBA, Dr. David Orentlicher, Ph.D, J.D., and Allison Wharry, JD facilitated by Ted Bitner

12 p.m. Lunch

1 p.m. “Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia” roundtable discussion by Dr. Jon Hendrix, Ph.D., J.D., and Dr. Gary Wright, D.O.

2:15 p.m. “The Meaning of It All” by Dr. Ben Rich, Ph.D.

3 p.m. Farewell

 

For additional information on the Dying in a Democracy symposium, click here.