Each year, the Romanell Center hosts speakers, lectures, conferences, debates, and other events. Most of our events are free and open to the public.
In addition to conferences and workshops, the Romanell Center has a long tradition of hosting the Third Tuesday Lecture Series. We invite you to join us for presentations by colleagues and other distinguished speakers. Generally, the lectures are held during the fall and spring semesters on the third Tuesday of each month.
Contact: For more information or advanced copies of the papers, contact David Hershenov, email@example.com
9:30-10:00 The Robert Wegman Breakfast
10:00-11:15 The Thomas Linacre Plenary Lecture
Jason Eberl (Saint Louis University )
“Conscientious Refusals in Health Care: Developing World Cases and Systemic Responses in Solidarity”
11:30-12:45 The Bernard Lonergan Plenary Lecture
Pat Daly (Boston College)
Topic: Lonergan-Inspired Critique of Wakefield’s Hybrid Account of Disease
12:45-1:45 The Danny Wegman Culinary Experience
1:45-3:00 The Patrick Romanell Plenary Lecture in Medical Naturalism
David Hershenov (University at Buffalo)
A Naturalist Response to Kingma’s Critique of Naturalist Accounts of Disease
3:15- 4:30 The Joel Feinberg Plenary Lecture
Neil Feit (SUNY Fredonia)
“Preemption Cases and the Normative Relevance of Harm”
4:45-6:00 The Anti-Hippocrates Plenary Lecture
Steve Kershnar (SUNY Fredonia)
“Should Physicians be Allowed to have Sex with their Patients?”
7:00 Dinner - Location TBA
*Workshop papers will be available for distribution on Monday, April 8. To obtain any or all of the papers, send an email request to David Hershenov at firstname.lastname@example.org
10:00am to 6:00pm, Park Hall 141
1. Chris Tollefsen (USC), “The First Person Account of Intention: A Response to Jensen's Critique”
2. Tom Maloney (Elon Law School), “Liberty Finds No Refuge: The Doubt-Filled Future of Casey’s Undue Burden Standard” with a discussion of abortion and disability.
3. Michael Rembis (UB history and disabilities center director), Topic: disability
4. Peter Koch (Villanova), Topic: Disability and Well-being
5. Barry Smith (UB), Topic: Disability
6. Phil Reed (Canisius), “Disvaluing the Disabled: Prenatal Testing, PAS, and the Expressivist Objection”
February working dinner about David Shoemaker’s Responsibility on the Margins
Spring (dates tba) Downtown (Med School) talk by Alex John London (Carnegie Mellon)
June and July working dinners to prepare for John Fischer’s Romanell keynote address
July 25-27 Romanell Summer Conference: John Martin Fischer Keynoter
July 28 Working Brunch with John Fischer
*Contact email@example.com for more information and copies of the workshop papers
Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm, Park Hall 141
1. Allison Thornton (University of Southern Alabama), Topic: Personal Identity
2. Phil Reed (Canisius College), “Against Suicide”
3. David Hershenov (UB), “The Moment that You Die and Cease to Exist”
4. Eric Merrell (UB grad), "Life and Metabolism: how to Freeze your Cat and have it too"
5. John Keller (Saint Joseph University), Topic: TBA
6. Jake Monaghan (UB grad), “Biological Ties and the Biological Account of Moral Status”
LOCATION — Park Hall 141, UB North Campus
9:30-10:00 a.m. Breakfast
10:00-11:15 The Thomas Percival Lecture
Shane Hemmer (UB Ph.D. Candidate, VA Hospital)
"Why Bother Evaluating Medical Decision-Making Capacity?"
11:30-12:45 The Antonin Scalia Lecture:
Stephen Gilles (Quinnipiac Law School).
"A Conceptual Analysis (and Critique) of Constitutional Abortion Rights"
12:45-1:45 The Danny Wegman Lunch
1:45-3:00 The Neo-Locke Lecture:
David Hershenov (University at Buffalo)
“Harming the Mindless: Modifying McMahan’s Time-Relative Interests Account”
3:15-4:30 The ICORUSMEDNETTECHLOGOSPCXXINFO Lecture
Dave Limbaugh (Romanell Center Fellow; Intelligence Community Postdoc ORISE)
“Medical Cognitive Process Ontology”
4:45-6:00 The Gray’s Anatomy Lecture
Barry Smith (University at Buffalo)
Topic: Response to Kingma on Fetuses as Parts of their Mothers
*Workshop papers will be available for distribution on Monday, February 25. To obtain any of the papers, send an email request to David Hershenov at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sept. 7, 2018
3:30, Park Hall 141
Governor’s Lecture: David Hershenov (UB) and Rose Hershenov (Niagara University) “Do Fission Puzzles Provide Reason to Doubt that your Organism was ever a Zygote?”
Sept. 14, 2018
3:30, Park Hall 141
Governor’s Lecture: Barry Smith (UB) "The Chicken and the Egg: Response to Kingma on Babies as Parts of Their Mothers”
Sept. 20, 2018, Working Dinner
End of Life Issues Reading group. Neil Feit choice: Jens Johansson’s “The Preemption problem” Philosophical Studies.
Friday/Saturday, Oct.5/6, Ostapenko Center Symposium
"Doctor-patient Relationship: Does Christianity Make a Difference?"
Contact: Jim Delaney, Director, Ostapenko Center for Ethics in Medicine and Health Care, Niagara University
Speakers include David Hershenov and Phil Reed.
See program here.
Friday Oct. 19, Patrick Lee (Franciscan University)
“New vs. Old Natural Law Theories”
3:30-5:30 pm, Governor’s Lecture, Park Hall 141
7:00-10:00 pm, Working Dinner
Monday, Oct. 22, 6:00-7:30 pm, Physician-Assisted Death: Panel Discussion
Dozoretz Auditorium (Room 2220), Jacobs School of Medicine
Phil Reed, Panelist. See flyer here.
Friday Oct. 26, 3:30-5:30, Park Hall 141
Governor’s Lecture: Eric Merrell topic: van Inwagen, death, and suspended animation
Saturday Oct. 27, 141 Park Hall
10:00 – 10:50am, No Longer a Young Scholar Award Lecture: David Hershenov (UB) and Rose Hershenov (Niagara University). “The Metaphysical Error Underlying Tooley’s Defense of Infanticide”
11:00-11:50am, Elie Wiesel Profile in Courage Weekend Lecture: Harvey Berman. (UB Medical School) “Conscientious Objection: Whose Conscience? Whose Burden”?
12:00-12:50pm, The Scholar who is Least Likely to ever Win the American Catholic Philosophical Association’s Aquinas Medal Lecture: Steve Kershnar. (SUNY Fredonia); “The Doctrine of Double Effect Fails Miserably: Jim Delaney’s, John Keller’s and Phil Reed’s Ethical Theory Gets Two in the Back of the Head”
2:00-2:50pm, My Earlier Temporal Part Memorial Lecture: Shane Hemmer. (UB) Topic: Personal Identity
3:00-3:50pm, Keynote Lecture: Michael Rembis. (UB History, Director of UB Center for Disability Studies). “Nothing about us, without at least, perhaps, possibly, hopefully some of us”
4:00-4:50pm, Runner up for the Keynote Lecture: Travis Timmerman (Seton Hall University). “How to be an Actualist and Blame People.”
5:00-6:00pm, Panel Discussion: “What do Embryos Rescue Cases Reveal about the Moral Status of the Unborn”
5:00-5:20pm, Plenary Lecturer: Jim Delaney (Niagara University – but on the job market). “Embryo Rescue”
5:20-5:40pm, First Runner up for Plenary Lecturer: Steve Kershnar. (SUNY Fredonia, but on probation) “Of course you Save the Adult over the F****** Embryo.”
5:40-6:00pm, Second Runner up for Plenary Lecturer. David Hershenov (UB). “Even a Cloned Embryo of Steve Kershnar Deserves to be Saved"
Saturday, Nov. 11, 2018 Conference, San Diego, CA.
American Catholic Philosophical Association
Romanell Center Satellite Session, 3:30-5:30p.m.
"What do embryo rescue scenarios reveal about the moral status of the unborn?” The panel consists of three Romanell fellows, David Hershenov, Jim Delaney and Steve Kershnar. The moderator is Jason Eberl. See conference program here.
Thursday, November 15, 7:00-10:00 pm
Working Dinner: Pat Daly (Boston College) “Concise Guide to Clinical Reasoning”Journal of Evaluation of Clinical Practice
Friday Nov. 16, 3:30-5:30, Park Hall 141
Governor’s Lecture: Pat Daly (Boston College) “An Integral Approach to Health Science and Health Care” Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics
Friday Nov. 30, 3:30-5:30, Park Hall 141
Governor’s Lecture: Shane Hemmer (UB)
"The Conceptual Incoherence of Biological Approaches to Personal Identity."
TEDMED Live 2018 in Palm Springs, CA
Simulcast for UB Community, Nov. 14, 15, 16
Streaming On-Demand to Dec. 4
UB Access Code: L78443
The entire program, direct from the TEDMED stage, is simulcast via the Internet, live and on-demand. Content can be streamed on personal computers, laptops, tablets, mobile devices, and projected in classrooms and auditoriums. Each session lasts approximately 90 minutes and is comprised of 5-7 curated talks on important and/or provocative health and medicine topics.
Thursday July 26 - Park Hall 141
Metaphysical Foundations of Bioethics Talks/Debates
9:30 -10:30 Adam Taylor, "The Incompatibility of Four-Dimensionalism and Bioethics."
10:45-11:45 Shane Hemmer, "The Compatibility of Four-Dimensionalism and Bioethics."
12:00-1:00 David Hershenov, "If Fetuses are Parts of their Mothers, then Three Popular Abortion Defenses Fail on Purely Conceptual Grounds.”
1:00-2:00 Lunch - Barry Smith Trivia Quiz with Smith Book as prize
2:00-3:00 Derek Doroski, “A Biological Approach to When Human Organisms Begin”
3:15-4:15 Pat Daly, "A Critical Realist Appraisal of the Russo-Williams Thesis."
4:30-5:30 Yishai Cohen, "Reductive Omnism"
Friday June 27 – Park Hall 280 (note conference switches rooms)
9:30-10:30 Phil Reed, "How Suicide and Assisted Suicide Overlap."
10:45-11:45 Harvey Berman, “Conscientious Objections and the Goals of Pharmacy Practice."
12:00-1:00 Travis Timmerman, "The Problem with the Person-Rearing Accounts of Moral Status."
1:00-2:00 Lunch, Trivia Quiz about Pat Lee with Lee Book as prize
2:00-3:00 Don Marquis, “Defense of the Pro-life Position and Critique of Patrick Lee.”
3:15-4:15 Patrick Lee, “Defense of The Pro- Life Position and critique of Don Marquis.”
4:30-5:30 Steve Kershnar, "Problems with Informed Consent."
Saturday July 28 - Park Hall 280
Philosophy of Medicine Talks/Debates
9:30-10:30 Bob Kelly, “Wakefield and Lewis on Addiction: Who is the Real Winner?”
10:45-12:15 Keynote Topic: Jerry Wakefield on the Nature of Addiction (See UB News)
12:15-1:00 Lunch, Trivia Quiz about Jerry Wakefield with Wakefield Book as Prize
1:00-2:00 David Limbaugh, "Defense of Disorders as Harmful Dysfunctions: Critique of Feit”
2:15-3:15 Neil Feit, "Defense of Harmless Disorders: Critique of Limbaugh.”
3:30-4:30 Jelena Krgovic, “Need Based Account of Mental Health”
4:45-5:45 Barry Smith, "Capabilities Disabilities, and Disorders"
(Conference program subject to change.)
Conference poster by Antonette Thérèse Nolan.
All Lectures: Third Tuesday at Noon, at locations listed on the UB Downtown Campus.
March 20, 2018
“Does Morphine Kill?: Opioids and Double Effect at the End of Life”
JSMBS, Room 6128, 955 Main St.
April 17, 2018
“The good life for patients with psychiatric disorders”
CTRC, Room 7002
May 15, 2018
Joseph Fins (Cornell)
"Covert Conscious in Severe Brain Injury: Clinical and Ethical Challenges”
CTRC, Room 5019
June 19, 2018
"Applying the ethics of belief to medical decision-making in a big data era"
2017 -2018 Third Tuesday Lectures
Note: Committees meet the third Tuesday of each month.
MARCH 10, 2018
Park Hall 141, UB North Campus
11:00-12:15 Yuichi Minemura (UB Alum)
A Romanell Lecture
“The Transplant Intuition and Animalism”
12:45-2:00 John Lizza (Kutztown University)
Lynne Baker Memorial Lecture
“Is Brain Death a Legal Fiction”
2:15-3:30 Jack Freer (UB Med School),
Harvey Berman (UB Med School)
People’s Choice Award Lecture.
Topic: Dissociative Identity Disorders and Psychological Accounts of Personal Identity
3:45-5:00 Peter Koch (Villanova)
The "I Can't Let Go Of Grad School" Dissertation Re-Defense Lecture
“Capabilities and the Welfare of Patients with Disorders of Consciousness”
5:15-6:30 Barry Smith (UB)
NCOR Workshop on Defining “Capability” Lecture
“What Do IQ Tests Measure?”
FEBRUARY 17, 2018
Park Hall 141, UB North Campus
12:00-1:00 David Limbaugh (UB).
Western New York Philosophical Hall of Fame Inductee Lecture
Paper Title: “Potential, Degrees, and Patrick Lee: The powers of the fetus and the powers of me”
1:15-2:15 Rose Hershenov (Niagara University) and Derek Doroski (Franciscan University)
Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?" Fission and Fusion Lecture.
Paper Title: “Twin Inc.”
2:30-3:30 Rob Kelly (UB).
The Betty Ford Recovery Lecture.
Paper Title: "The Systematic Loss of Control in Addiction: Beyond Disease and Choice"
3:45-4:45 Shane Hemmer (UB)
I Should Have Written a Dissertation in Bioethics Lecture
Paper Title: "Conscientious Objection and the Internal Morality of Medicine"
5:00-6:00 David Hershenov (UB)
The Dewey-Like Lecture
Paper Title: “Three Mistakes about Personal Identity and Harm to Embryos”
NOVEMBER 18, 2017
Park Hall 141 (Seminar Room)
UB North Campus
12:30-1:30pm Governor’s Lecture: Steve Kershnar (SUNY Fredonia)
“Desert and Organ Transplantation: Should Addicts, Criminals, or Welfare Recipients go the End of the Line?
1:45-2:45pm Derek Parfit Memorial Lecture: David Hershenov (University at Buffalo)
“Are Psychological Accounts of Personal Identity Compatible with the Whole Brain Death Criterion?”
3:00-4:00pm Regents Lecture: Jake Monaghan (University at Buffalo)
“Informational Obligations and Consent”
4:15-5:15pm The Phil Reed Friends Lecture: James Delaney (Niagara University)
“Causing/Removing Disability and Noninterference”
November 7, 2017 at 7:00pm, in Science Center 105, SUNY Fredonia