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Rothenberg to present 'Setting the Stage: Enhancing Understanding of Bioethical Challenges with Theatre' at annual lecture

Jan. 31, 2013

A leading national expert on legal issues in health care will be the keynote speaker at the McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award Lecture this year, sponsored by the Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. 

Karen H. Rothenberg, J.D., M.P.A., Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, will present “Setting the Stage: Enhancing Understanding of Bioethical Challenges with Theatre” from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Wynne Courtroom (Room 100) in Inlow Hall on the IUPUI campus.  

Karen Rothenberg

Karen Rothenberg

Rothenberg is the former dean of the University of Maryland School of Law and previously served as senior advisor to the Director on Genomics and Society at the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

A national expert on legal issues in health care, she has spent the past 20 years focused on the ethical, legal and social implications of genetic testing and research. Her numerous publications cover a vast range of topics, including the role of gender in health care, AIDS and research ethics. 

"As advances in technology multiply society’s bioethical dilemmas, it is critical that we address those dilemmas as effectively as possible,” said David Orentlicher, M.D., co-director of the Hall Center for Law and Health and adjunct professor of medicine at the IU School of Medicine. “Professor Rothenberg’s research helps us see how theatre can be used to identify and resolve our ethical challenges in health care, and our own bioethics experts will elaborate on her thinking on these issues.”

This elaboration will take place during a panel discussion after the lecture that includes two faculty members from the IU School of Medicine. Margaret M. Gaffney, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine and Peter Schwartz, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of medicine, will represent the IU Center for Bioethics during the discussion and add their thoughts on bioethics in healthcare. Dr. Schwartz is also an associate professor of philosophy at the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI.

Additional panelists include Janet Allen, artistic director of the Indiana Repertory Theater, and William Schneider, a medical historian and director of medical humanities at IUPUI. 

In addition, Rothenberg will return Friday, Feb. 8, to deliver an IU School of Medicine Grand Rounds presentation from noon to 1 p.m. at Meyers Auditorium at Wishard Hospital in Indianapolis.

The McDonald Merrill Ketcham Award Lecture was established by Dorothy M. Ketcham through a fund for Indiana University to foster a greater understanding between professions of law and medicine. This prestigious lectureship and award honors an individual who has demonstrated excellence in the fields of common interest to the two professions.

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The William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law and Health is a multidisciplinary teaching and research center within the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law and was established to educate and further the career of law students and the improvement of health law and policy.

For more information, email centerlh@iupui.edu.

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