Virtual Faculty Book Talk: Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics, April 14, 2020, at noon

The Harvard Law School Library staff invite you to attend a virtual book talk and discussion in celebration of Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics, edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Carmel Shachar, Anita Silvers & Michael Ashley Stein (Cambridge Univ. Press, April 2020).

Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics seeks to understand how our framing of disability influences medical and legal policies such as resource allocation. To honor the importance of this new publication by our faculty authors and to reflect on the COVID-19 health care landscape, we have gathered several of the authors along with a respondent to explore the question of ventilator allocation in regard to people living with disabilities. The panel will consider how our framing of disability influences triaging choices and how we can best ensure the ethical and non-discriminatory distribution of limited, life-saving resources.

Online Viewing on Tuesday, April 14, 2020, at noon  Register now to view this event online!

This event is free and can be viewed online by the public, but registration is required.

In light of the rapidly developing COVID-19 outbreaks, Harvard University has restricted on-campus events. As a result, we will not be allowing in-person attendance at this event. Instead, the full panel discussion will be available for viewing online. To ensure that you will receive access to the livestream and be kept up to date on any changes to the event, register now.  We will send out a link to the livestream of the event to all registrants in the days before the event.

The book talk discussion will include:

Introduction: I. Glenn Cohen, co-editor of Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics; James A. Attwood and Leslie Williams Professor of Law, Harvard Law School and Faculty Director, Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School

Leslie Francis, chapter author; Alfred C. Emery Endowed Professor and Distinguished Professor in the College of Law, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, and Adjunct Professor in Family and Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Political Science at the University of Utah

Omar Sultan Haque, chapter author; faculty member in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine and the Program in Psychiatry and the Law, Harvard Medical School and Co-Director, UNESCO Chair in Bioethics, American Unit

Govind Persad, chapter author; Assistant Professor, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver

Respondent: Ari Ne’eman, PhD Student in Health Policy, Harvard University, and founder, Autistic Self Advocacy Network

Moderator: Michael Ashley Stein, co-editor and chapter author; co-founder and Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability and Visiting Professor, Harvard Law School

This book talk is co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School.

More About Disability, Health, Law, and Bioethics

“Historically and across societies people with disabilities have been stigmatized and excluded from social opportunities on a variety of culturally specific grounds. In this collection, the authors explore the impact that the philosophical framing of disability can have on public policy questions, in the clinic, in the courtroom, and elsewhere. They examine the implications of this understanding for legal and policy approaches to disability, strategies for allocating and accessing health care, the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, health care rights, and other legal tools designed to address discrimination. This volume should be read by anyone seeking a balanced view of disability and an understanding of the connection between the framing of disability and policies that have a real-world impact on individuals.” — Cambridge University Press

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