About the Contemporary Books in Bioethics Series

Currently Suspended Until Further Notice

The Contemporary Books in Bioethics series brought prominent authors to Harvard to discuss their recent publications in bioethics, on topics in clinical medicine, health policy, social justice, medical anthropology, history, and more. The event series was free and open to the public.

Past Events

This IS Assisted Dying

This is Assisted Dying: A Doctor's Story of Empowering Patients at the End of Life

Author: Stefanie Green, MD

April 6, 2022

Good Ethics and Bad Choices

Good Ethics and Bad Choices: The Relevance of Behavioral Economics for Medical Ethics

Author: Jennifer Blumenthal-Barby, PhD, MA

November 16, 2021

Race After Technology

Race After Technology

Author: Ruha Benjamin, PhD

April 29, 2021


Scarlet A

Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, & Politics of Ordinary Abortion

Author: Katie Watson, JD

March 8, 2021

The Torture Doctors

The Torture Doctors: Human Rights Crimes and the Road to Justice

Author: Steven Miles, MD

December 10, 2020

The Social Life of DNA

The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome

Author: Alondra Nelson, PhD

Co-sponsored with the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

October 22, 2020


Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society

Author: Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD

April 30, 2020

Your Medical Mind

Your Medical Mind: How to Decide What is Right for You

Author: Jerome Groopman, MD

March 26, 2020

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of Health Care in America

Co-author: Jonathan Moreno, PhD

November 14, 2019

Pain: A Political History

Pain: A Political History

Author: Keith Wailoo, PhD

October 10, 2019

Private Bodies, Public Texts

Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender and a Cultural Bioethics

Author: Karla F. C. Holloway, PhD

April 25, 2019

Inheritance: A Memoir

Inheritance: A Memoir of Geneaology, Paternity, and Love

Author: Dani Shapiro

March 14, 2019

Just Medicine

Just Medicine: A Cure for Racial Inequality in American Health Care

Author: Dayna Bowen Matthew

October 25, 2018

Communities of Health Care Justice

Communities of Health Care Justice

Author: Charlene Galarneau, PhD

September 20, 2018

Bodies in Doubt

Bodies in Doubt: An American History of Intersex

Author: Elizabeth Reis

February 15, 2018

What Really Matters

What Really Matters: Living a Moral Life Amidst Uncertainty and Danger

Author: Arthur Kleinman

September 28, 2017

Ethics of Invention

The Ethics of Invention: Technology and the Human Future

Author: Sheila Jasanoff

November 2, 2017

White Coat, Black Hat

White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine

Author: Carl Elliott, MD, PhD

September 22, 2016

Moral Tribes

Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them

Author: Joshua Greene

September 29, 2016

The American Health Care Paradox

The American Health Care Paradox: Why Spending More is Getting Us Less

Author: Lauren Taylor

October 27, 2016

What Doctors Feel

What Doctors Feel: How Emotions Affect the Practice of Medicine

Author: Danielle Ofri, DM

December 1, 2016