Conversations That Matter: "Morality and the Microscope"


Location: Zoom

"Morality and the Microscope: The Basics of Bioethics"

The Notre Dame Science and Religion Initiative and the Office of Life and Human Dignity will host a free, three-part webinar series through spring 2022. This series will consider various scientific and theological perspectives about what it means to be human.


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Featured panelists include:

Carter Snead - Professor of Law and Director of the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame

Carter Snead is professor of law at Notre Dame Law School, concurrent professor of political science at the University of Notre Dame, and the director of Notre Dame’s de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. He is one of the world’s leading experts on public bioethics – the governance of science, medicine, and biotechnology in the name of ethical goods. His research explores issues relating to neuroethics, enhancement, human-embryo research, assisted reproduction, abortion, and end-of-life decision-making. He is most recently the author of What It Means to Be Human: The Case for the Body in Public Bioethics (Harvard University Press, 2020), named one of the ten best books of the year by the Wall Street Journal and winner of the 2021 Expanded Reason Award.

Charles Camosy - Associate Professor of Theology, Fordham University

Charles Camosy is an Associate Professor of Theology at Fordham University in the Bronx, where he has taught since finishing his PhD in theology at Notre Dame in 2008. Among other places, his published articles have appeared in the American Journal of Bioethics, Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Journal of the Catholic Health Association, New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, New York Daily News and America magazine. He has a monthly “Purple Catholicism” column with Religion News Service and is the author of six books. His most recent book, published in July 2021 (New City), is Losing Our Dignity: How Secularized Medicine is Undermining Fundamental Human Equality. He is also the founding editor of a new book series with New City Press called The Magenta Project. In addition to advising the Faith Outreach office of the Humane Society of the United States, the pro-life commission of the Archdiocese of New York, and Holy Name Medical Center, Camosy received the Robert Bryne award from the Fordham Respect Life Club and received the 2018 St. Jerome Award for scholarly excellence from the Catholic Library Association. He has four children, three of whom he and his wife Paulyn adopted from a Filipino orphanage in June of 2016.

Kristin Collier- Professor of Internal Medicine and Director of the Program on Health, Spirituality, and Religion, University of Michigan

Kristin Collier, MD, FACP is an assistant professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor Michigan where she serves as the director of the University of Michigan Medical School Program on Health, Spirituality and Religion. She also serves as an associate program director of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program where she oversees the primary care track. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School and completed her internship, residency and chief residency at The University of Michigan Hospitals. Her academic interests are in the overlap of spirituality, religion and medicine and her peer reviewed work has been published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the Annals of Internal Medicine, The Journal of General Internal Medicine, the American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and she also has had writings published in Notre Dame’s Church Life Journal, Theopolis and America Magazine. She is also the proud mother of four boys.

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