The David F. Kelly Bioethics Lectures invites nationally and internationally prominent scholars to lecture at Duquesne University each fall and spring semester on current and emerging topics in bioethics. The purpose of the series is to provide ethics leadership on the crucial issues in health care today.
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Moral Courage: An Unsung Resource for Optimizing Health Care Practices

Thursday, November 7, 2013 | 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Power Center Ballroom

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Purtilo PictureRuth B. Purtilo, PhD, FAPTA

Professor emerita, Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions, Boston

Moral courage most often is treated as a moral trait of individuals who speak up, step out or stand firm in situations that threaten moral values. But seldom do we view how it functions to help transform individual situations or alter basic institutional practices. In this lecture five "constituents of courage" that can act as guides promoting purposive action for the common good in health care settings and the role of spiritual formation as an aspect of empowerment for moral courage are presented for reflection and discussion.

Following the lecture, join us for the unveiling and book signing of the second edition of Contemporary Health Care Ethics. The book is coauthored by David F. Kelly, Dr. Gerard Magill, Vernon F. Gallagher Chair for the Integration of Science, Theology, Philosophy and Law, and Dr. Henk ten Have, director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics.