Interdisciplinary Lecture Series

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 lecture series that has examined the ethical aspects of one key health-related issue each year. Previous topics have included: Ethical Issues in Violence, Trauma, and Trauma Surgery, Organ Transplantation, Pediatric Ethics, End-of-Life Care, Global Health, Health Care Disparities, Medical Professionalism, Confidentiality, and Pharmaceutical Innovation and Regulation.

Please visit The MacLean Center YouTube Channel to view recordings of past lectures.

2023 - 2024: Challenges in contemporary Clinical ethics

The 2023 - 2024 lecture series is co-sponsored by the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics and the Bucksbaum Institute for Clinical Excellence. The theme is "Challenges in Contemporary Clinical Ethics".

Registration: Noon Lecture Series Tickets in Chicago, IL, United States (

For full lecture series schedule, click here!