In 1981, under the auspices of the MacLean Center, Mark Siegler and Richard Epstein organized a yearlong interdisciplinary seminar series on Bad Outcomes after Medical Intervention. The success of that initial seminar program demonstrated that there was great interest at the University of Chicago in creating a sustainable interdisciplinary forum to discuss health-related subjects with colleagues from across campus. Since 1981, the MacLean Center has sponsored an annual seminar series that has examined the ethical aspects of one key health related issue each year. Previous topics have included: Organ Transplantation, Pediatric Ethics, End-of-Life Care, Global Health, Health Care Disparities, Medical Professionalism, Confidentiality, and Pharmaceutical Innovation and Regulation. The topic in 2013-2014 is Ethical Issues in Health Care Reform.
Each November, The MacLean Center hosts the Dorothy J. MacLean Fellows Conference on topics related to clinical medical ethics. The conference, which spans two days and draws speakers and audiences from all over the world, was started in 1989 and celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2013.
The MacLean Center directors and faculty frequently host and speak at numerous events throughout the year.
The MacLean Center is please to offer videos of the Conference, Seminar Series, and miscellaneous lectures on our YouTube channel.