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Clinical Ethics and Conscience Rights Conference

June 6-8, 2019
Cedarville University | Cedarville, OH

Event Information

Scholars and practitioners from the fields of philosophy, political science, nursing, medicine, pharmacy and law are invited to join us as we examine proposed rules that would protect the rights of healthcare workers who have religious or moral objections to medications, treatments, or procedures.

Note: There will be Special Students’ Forum on Saturday: emphasis on medical, nursing, or pharmacy students.


Bioethics - Dr. Robert George 2019-06-06

Bioethics - Dr. Ryan Nash 2019-06-07

Bioethics 2019-06-08 Dr. Clauson


CU Center for Bioethics

Cedarville University Center for Bioethics

Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU

Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU

International Academy of Medical Ethics

International Academy of Medical Ethics

Cedarville University Center for Political Studies

Keynote Speakers

Robert George

Robert George

McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence
Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institution,
Princeton University

Robert P. George is McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University. He is also a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School. He has served as Chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom and as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has also served on the President’s Council on Bioethics and as the U.S. member of UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Science and Technology. He was a Judicial Fellow at the Supreme Court of the United States, where he received the Justice Tom C. Clark Award. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Swarthmore College, he holds the degrees of J.D. and M.T.S. from Harvard University and the degrees of D.Phil., B.C.L. and D.C.L. from Oxford University, in addition to nineteen honorary degrees. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Citizens Medal and the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Baylor University has named its new Washington, D.C.-based program the “Robert P. George Initiative in Faith, Ethics, and Public Policy.” Professor George’s most recent book is Conscience and Its Enemies (ISI Books).

Ryan Nash

Ryan Nash


Director, Center for Bioethics
Director, Division of Bioethics, Department of Biomedical Education and Anatomy
Hagop S. Mekhjian, MD, Chair in Medical Ethics and Professionalism
The Ohio State University
Topic: Conscience Among Moral Strangers (Friday evening)

Marc Clauson

Marc Clauson


Professor of History and Law
Fellow, Nehemiah Institute
Cedarville University
Topic: How We Got Here: From Conscience to Conscience Rights (Saturday morning)


Thursday, June 6th

Time Event
5:30 p.m. Registration, reception
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Welcome, Keynote Address (Dr. George)

Friday, June 7

Time Event
8:30 am Arrival, coffee service
9:00 - 9:15 am Introductions
9:15 - 9:55 am Session 1 (parallel papers)
10:00 - 10:40 am Session 2
10:40 - 11:00 am Break
11:00 - 11:40 am Session 3
11:40 - 12:00 pm Pick up box lunches
12:00 - 12:40 pm Session 4 (during lunch)
12:45 - 1:25 pm Session 5
1:25 - 1:45 pm Break
1:45 - 2:25 pm Session 6
2:30 - 3:10 pm Session 7
3:10 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 4:10 pm Session 8
4:10 - 5:30 pm Extended Break
5:30 - 6:15 pm Buffet Dinner
6:15 - 7:45 pm Keynote Address (Dr. Nash)
7:45 - 8:45 pm Student Poster Session

Saturday, June 8th

Time Event
9:00 am Arrival, coffee service
9:30 - 10:10 am Session 9
10:15 am - 11:45 am Keynote Address (Dr. Clauson)
11:45 - 11:55 am Final Comments and Evaluation
12:00 pm Conference closes

Contact Information

Travel Info

The Clinical Ethics and Conscience Rights Conference is hosted by Cedarville University which is located near Dayton, OH.

Directions to Cedarville

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