Events Calendar

Kansas City Regional Hospital Ethics Consortium Meetings

September 11 – Liberty Hospital
November 13 – Mosaic Life Care Clinics in North Kansas City

The Center sponsors the longest actively running consortium of hospital ethics committees in the nation. Over its 28-year history, the consortium has trained hundreds of hospital ethics committee members and published more than a dozen ethics policy guidance documents on topics such as patients’ rights, managing medical mistakes, medical futility, determining decisional incapacity and physician incentives. Case studies continue to be a mainstay of the consortium’s work.

Consortium participants include representatives of regional healthcare providers, including those who are members of their organizations’ ethics committee. Meetings are held bi-monthly from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Dates and locations are subject to change. For details, contact Nancy Beltramo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 816-979-1351.





20th Annual Rosemary Flanigan Lecture

Karla Holloway
August 13, 2014
The Ethics of Spectacle: How a Private Body Becomes a Public Text

Reception 6:00 pm | Lecture 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Medical Center, Community Center

The 20th Annual Flanigan Lecture will welcome Karla Holloway, PhD. Dr. Holloway is the James B. Duke Professor of English, Professor of Law and Professor of Women’s Studies at Duke University and the author of eight books.

Her most recent book, Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender and a Cultural Bioethics (2011), examines instances where seemingly private medical issues and information, often involving women and African Americans, are forced into the public sphere. The cases Holloway explores in the book range from the Tuskegee syphilis study and the use of Henrietta Lacks’s cell line without her family’s consent to the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case and the dire events of Hurricane Katrina. Holloway calls for a “cultural bioethics” that attends to the historical and social factors that render some populations more vulnerable than others in medical and legal contexts. In 2013, Holloway was appointed to the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Transforming Care at the End of Life.

The Flanigan Lecture is free and open to the community, but registration is required and seating is strictly limited.