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The responsibilities of scholars in public debate: Challenging intuitive ethical considerations

Event #1242
The responsibilities of scholars in public debate: Challenging intuitive ethical considerations
When: 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

12:15 - 13:15
Where: 
Series: 
Big Thinking
Who can attend: 
General public
Language: 
English
This open event is hosted by: 
Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Traditionally, the university’s mission has been to produce and transmit knowledge. For some, the push to increase media presence — and to have university professors inform current affairs — is antithetical to this mission. In sharp contrast, Françoise Baylis believes that all who work in the academy are fundamentally public servants with a duty to share their knowledge with all. Doing so effectively requires both challenging traditional metrics of academic success and engaging with traditional and social media. Join Baylis as she defends this thesis, with insights from her academic and advocacy work on assisted human reproduction, conscientious objection and germline genome editing.

Françoise Baylis is an internationally renowned bioethics expert whose innovative work, at the intersection of policy and practice, has stretched the very boundaries of the field. Her ethics research focuses primarily on women’s reproductive health and genetic technologies. Baylis believes bioethicists need to exercise their moral imagination and find creative ways to make the powerful care. She is a member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Nova Scotia, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. In 2017, she received the Canadian Bioethics Society Lifetime Achievement Award.

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