McGovern Center members present at ASBH

Assistant Professor, Nathan Carlin, PhD, attended recently the 16th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) in San Diego, CA. The theme of this year’s conference was Interprofessional and Inclusive Bioethics and Humanities. As part of the Place of Birth/Pastoral Theology Paper Session, Carlin presented “The Case for Including Pastoral Theology in Bioethics,” where it was well-received.

In his paper, Carlin argues that pastoral theologians can offer inquiry in bioethics that is both, on the one hand, different from and sometimes in response to what theological ethicists offer bioethics and, on the other hand, congruent with, but also distinctive from, contemporary movements in bioethics and health professional education. Specifically, pastoral theologians can offer inquiry in bioethics that is theologically-informed, psychologically-sophisticated, therapeutically-oriented, and experientially-grounded.

Other members of the Center also presented, including Woods Nash, PhD (The Water Cycle: David Foster Wallace’s This Is Water, Imagining Narratives of Suffering, and Student Reflective Writing) and Jeffrey Spike, PhD (An Innovative Curriculum Teaching Professionalism and Interprofessional Ethics to Students in Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Informatics, Biomedical Sciences, and Public Health and Health Policy), and Matthew Marget, a first-year student in the Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration.