Center for Ethics and Health Humanities
The Center for Ethics and Health Humanities sponsors a wide range of educational opportunities on important issues in ethics and bioethics. It sponsors lectures and workshops featuring nationally known sponsors, supports three academic minors, and offers continuing educational opportunities for health professionals.
What Do We Do?
- Sponsors lectures and seminars on a wide range of important ethical issues
- Offers a range of exciting educational opportunities in health humanities
- Facilitates interactions between health researchers and local health care providers
- Features continuing education programming in nursing and other health professions
One of the camp’s residents was Jim LeBrecht, who co-produced and co-directed the film. LeBrecht will joined the audience virtually from his home immediately following the screening to make comments and answer questions from the audience.
Meet Our Affiliate Faculty
Dr. Samuel Bruton
Dr. Jerry R. Alliston
Dr. John Bailey
Pre-med advisor, biology
Dr. Emily Stanback
Dr. Ian Dunkle
Dr. Brent Hale
Mrs. Vickie Reed
Dr. Laurance (Paul) Strait
Dr. Elizabeth Tinnon
Dr. Alan Thompson
Dr. John Winters
Philosophy of Disability
PHI 492/IDS 370/IDS 352
Professor Ian Dunkle
T/Th 1:00-2:15 p.m.
Activists and disability scholars have shaken up old (but still widespread) assumptions about how to categorize various psycho-physiological states as “(ab)normal,” “(un)healthy,” and “good (or bad) for you.” This up-shaking raises a number of conceptual questions, including: (Q1) What is a “disability”? (Q2) How does “being disabled” relate to “being healthy”? And (Q3) what impact does disability have on wellbeing? The philosophy of disability is a growing field of study dedicated to answering questions like these. The questions are attracting more and more philosophical attention because of their practical implications, their prior lack of attention, and their connection to other areas of philosophical study (e.g. what does “health” even mean? how are impacts on wellbeing to be assessed? how ought medical professionals to treat disabilities?). For the first time at USM, we are offering a full course on the philosophy of disability. This course will focus on on the three Q’s above and will be crosslisted with IDS 370. In addition to reading the latest philosophical work on these questions, we will connect our inquiry to work on disability from outside of philosophy (e.g. literature, history, and communication).
Disability StudiesHealth and HumanitiesSocial Science and Medicine