Flanigan Lecture and Symposium


22nd Annual Rosemary Flanigan Lecture and Symposium



August 10-11, 2016

The Rosemary Flanigan Lecture and Symposium is offered free of charge by the Center for Practical Bioethics and co-sponsors, St. Joseph Medical Center and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Registration is requested. 
Rosemary Flanigan, PhD, one of the Center’s original members, joined the board in 1986, was its chairwoman in 1991, and served on the Center’s staff for 17 years following her retirement as a Professor of Philosophy at Rockhurst University. In 1995, the Center introduced an annual lecture series to honor Sister Rosemary. Subscribe to the Center’s YouTube channel for updates about new video content from the series.


“Gun Violence in America: How Culture and Politics Shape Our Response”
11:00 – 11:55 am
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
1750 Independence Ave., Academic Center AC-200
Kansas City, Missouri
This lecture in the Current Issues in Bioethics Lecture Series, presented by Dr. Daniel Webster and co-sponsored by KCU and the Center for Practical Bioethics, is free and open to the public. No registration required to attend. View the video on YouTube. 

“Public Health Models for Reducing Gun Violence”
6:00 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture
Saint Joseph Medical Center
Alex George Auditorium, Building D
1000 Carondelet Drive
Kansas City, Missouri
Gun violence has an enormous impact on public health. But what does public health have to offer to address this complex problem that is typically relegated to law enforcement and criminal justice? This lecture presented by Dr. Daniel Webster will review common public health approaches to preventing gun violence and the evidence behind these approaches.  Closed captioning will be provided. This program is free and open to the public, but space is very limited. Registration requested.

9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
1750 Independence Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri
Dallas. Baton Rouge. Orlando. San Bernadino. Ferguson.
When city names become synonymous with acts of gun violence, we need to talk.
Regular and recent occasions of gun-related atrocities may have the effect of shutting down reasonable conversation due to traumatization, victimization, terrorism (real or potential) and tragic human loss. Yet there remains significant controversy regarding what is going on and what ought to be done about guns in American society. 
The Center for Practical Bioethics, collaboratively with our co-sponsors, embraces controversy with ethics conversation carried out civilly, grounded in facts. We have invited national and regional experts--from science, philosophy, medicine, public health, theology, law enforcement and administration--to dialogue on the matter of guns and public health. They will not all agree, nor will we. But we will talk, and listen, and ponder options. Symposium lecture videos will be posted on the Center’s website and YouTube channel.

  • Daniel Webster

    Guest Lecturer: Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH

    Dr. Webster is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director of Research for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and Director of the PhD program in Health and Public Policy. 
    He has published numerous articles on the prevention of gun violence, firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, and the prevention of youth violence. Dr. Webster is currently leading studies evaluating the effects of various efforts to reduce violence, including state gun and alcohol policies, policing strategies focused on deterring gun violence, a community gun violence prevention initiative, and Maryland’s Lethality Assessment Program for reducing the recurrence of intimate partner violence. Dr. Webster teaches courses in violence prevention and research methods for health policy at Johns Hopkins, and serves on the executive committee of Johns Hopkins’ Interdepartmental Violence Research Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program. 
  • Daniel Webster

    Morning Agenda

    Introduction and Welcome
    Terry Rosell, PhD, DMin, and Rosemary Flanigan, PhD, Center for Practical Bioethics
    President Marc B. Hahn, DO, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
    Plenary Presentation
    “A Path Forward for Reducing Gun Violence in America: Scientific Perspective on Gun Policy and Public Health”
    Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
    Plenary Presentation
    “Philosophical Perspective on Gun Policy and Public Health”
    Lance K. Stell, PhD, FAFCE, Professor of Philosophy, emeritus, Davidson College; Professor Emeritus, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

    Lance Stell

    Plenary Q & A
    TED-MED Talk
    “Epidemiological Perspective on Gun Policy and Public Health”
    Gary Slutkin, MD, University of Chicago (via video)
  • Terry RosellAfternoon Agenda

    Kansas City Anti-Violence Projects
    * Rex Archer, MD, Kansas City Health Department
    * Tracie McClendon–Cole, JD, MPA, AIM4PEACE
    "Perspectives from the American Medical Women's Association" 
    Kim Templeton, MD, University of Kansas

    “Gun Violence and Emergency Medicine”
    Robert Winfield, MD, University of Kansas Health System
    "A Clinical and Historical Perspective on Conceal and Carry in Medical Settings"
    Carla Keirns, MD, PhD, University of Kansas 
    “Pediatric Medicine Policy and Perspective on Gun Violence”
    Denise Dowd, MD, Children’s Mercy Hospital
    Judy Sherry, Grandparents Against Gun Violence
    “Rural and Religious Perspectives on Gun Violence” 
    Jeanne Hoeft, MDiv, PhD, Saint Paul School of Theology
    Panel Discussion
    Wrap Up
    Terry Rosell, PhD, DMin, Center for Practical Bioethics
  • Resources

    Matthew Shaer
    Duke Magazine, May 15, 2013
    Daniel Webster, ScD, MPH
    JAMA, June 22, 2016
    Lance K. Stell
    The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, Spring 2004

    Sotirios Tasigiorgos, MS, Konstantinos P. Economopoulos, MD, PhD, Robert D. Winfield, MD, FACS, Joseph V. Sakran, MD, MPH, MPA
    Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Vol. 221, No. 6, December 2015

    Lead Authors: M. Denise Dowd, MD, MPH, and Robert D. Sege, MD, PhD
    American Academy of Pediatrics, 2012
    The National Academies Press, 2013

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