Valuing Lives: A Conference on Ethics in Health & the Environment

NYU King Juan Carlos I de Spain Center
53 Washington Square South
1st Floor Auditorium
New York, NY 10003

The NYU Center for Bioethics in conjunction with the NYU Environmental Studies Program hosted the 'Valuing Lives: A Conference on Ethics in Health and the Environment' on Saturday, March 5, 2011. The event was held on New York University's beautiful Washington Square campus, in the heart of Greenwich Village, and featured talks in a single day and a complimentary breakfast, lunch, and wine & cheese reception.

8:30–9:30 am | Registration & Check-in; Breakfast will be served in the atrium

9:30–9:45 am | Opening Remarks
Speaker: William Ruddick, Director of NYU Center for Bioethics

Session 1 | 9:45–10:15 am | The Present State of the Discourse on Valuing Lives
Speaker: Dan Brock, Frances Glessner Lee Professor of Medical Ethics; Director of the Division of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School; Director of the Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health

Session 2 | 10:15–11:15 am | Valuing Health Risk Changes Using a Life-Cycle Consumption Framework
Chair: Michael Livermore, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Integrity; Adjunct Professor of Law, NYU Law School
Author: Steve Newbold, Environmental Policy Analyst, National Center for Environmental Economics, USEPA
Respondent: J. Scott Holladay, Economics Fellow, Institute for Policy Integrity

Session 3 | 11:30–12:30 pm | Bubbles Under the Wallpaper: Healthcare Rationing and Discrimination
Chair: Adrienne Asch, Directror, The Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University; Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, Yeshiva University
Authors: Nick Beckstead, Philosophy PhD student, Rutgers University & Toby Ord, Research Associate, Oxford University Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Respondent: David Wasserman, Director of Research, The Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University

12:30–1:30 pm | Lunch is served in the Atrium

Session 4 | 1:30–2:30 pm | The Priority Monster
Chair: Nir Eyal, Assistant Professor in Global Health and Social Medicine (Medical Ethics), Harvard University Program in Ethics and Health
Author: Theron Pummer, Philosophy PhD student, University of California San Diego
Respondent: Greg Bognar, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Bioethics, NYU Center for Bioethics

Session 5 | 2:45–3:45 pm | Possible Persons and the Value of a Life
Chair: David Velleman, Professor of Philosophy, Bioethics; Director of Undergraduate Studies, NYU Philosophy
Author: Jason Marsh, University of Western Ontario Philosophy
Respondent: Benjamin Sachs, Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow for NYU Program in Environmental Studies and Center for Bioethics

Session 6 | 4:00–5:00 pm | Valuing Lives & Allocating Resources: A Defense of the Modified Youngest First Principle of Scarce Resource Distribution

Chair: Frances Kamm, Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy; Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts & Sciences, Harvard University
Author: Ruth M. Tallman, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Barry University Philosophy
Respondent: Samuel Kerstein, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Maryland

5:00–6:00 pm | Wine and cheese reception in the Atrium

Greg Bognar, Professor of Bioethics, NYU
Dale Jamieson, Professor of Environmental Studies and Philosophy, NYU
S. Matthew Liao, Professor of Bioethics, NYU
Michael Livermore, Professor of Law, NYU
Jonathan Morduch, Professor of Economics and Public Policy, NYU
William Ruddick, Professor of Bioethics and Philosophy, NYU
Benjamin Sachs, Professor of Environmental Studies and Bioethics, NYU
Christopher Schlottmann, Professor of Environmental Studies, NYU

Thanks to the NYU Humanities Initiative for its generous support of this conference.