The Contemporary Books in Bioethics series brings 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 is free and open to the public.


Past Events

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
Ruha Benjamin Race After Technology cover Race After Technology
Author: Ruha Benjamin, PhD
April 29, 2021
Katie Watson 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 Book Cover

Author: Nicholas A. Christakis, MD, PhD

April 30, 2020

Your Medical Mind

Your Medical Mind
Author: Jerome Groopman, MD

March 26, 2020

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

Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die
Coauthor: Jonathan Moreno, PhD

November 14, 2019

Pain: A Political History Book Cover Pain: A Political History
Author: Keith Wailoo, PhD

October 10, 2019

Private Bodies Cover Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender and a Cultural Bioethics
Author: Karla FC Holloway, PhD
April 25, 2019
Inheritance Book Cover Inheritance: A Memoir of Geneaology, Paternity, and Love
Author: Dani Shapiro
March 14, 2019
Just Medicine Book Cover 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
September 20, 2018