The Friends of Scandinavian Studies

Scandinavian Studies
at the University of Oregon

Medical Ethics in Cross-Cultural Perspective:
Scandinavia and North America

Current Issues of Medical Ethics Discussed by Scandinavian and American Researchers, Scholars, Medical Practitioners, Authors, and Social Commentators

The symposium is part of a three-year series of events across the northwestern United States and Canada that is intended to highlight the cultural intersections and differences between Scandinavia and North America. Oregon was selected for the medical ethics symposium because of our state's unique stance on such issues as physician-assisted suicide, medical marijuana usage, and the Oregon Health Plan.

Time Room Event
Friday, February 20, 2004
5:00-5:25 228 Chiles Check-in and distribution of name tags
5:30-6:00 211 Lillis Welcome by UO President Dave Frohnmayer and Associate Vice President for International Programs Thomas Mills
6:00-7:00 211 Lillis Keynote address by Dr. Per Christian Jersild: novelist; MD; member of Swedish National Council on Medical Ethics; member of Royal Academy of Sciences, Stockholm
7:00-7:30 Lillis Atrium Reception with Nordic music and refreshments
Saturday, February 21, 2004
9:00-9:50 211 Lillis "The Landscape of Genomics in Iceland" by Dr. Halla Thorsteinsdóttir: Senior Research Associate, Canadian Program on Genomics and Global Health, Joint Center for Bioethics, University of Toronto
9:50-10:40 211 Lillis "Caring for Our Ancestors: Ethical Issues Surrounding Studies of Human Skeletal Remains" by Dr. Phillip Walker: Biosocial Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
10:55-11:45 211 Lillis "On the Pursuit of Happiness" by Dr. Veronica Pimenoff: novelist; MD; PhD, Social Anthropology; member of the European Council Committee for the Prevention of Torture; formerly, Head Doctor of the Dept. of Psychiatry at the Central Hospital of North Karelia, and Chair of the North Karelian Ethics Commission
1:00-1:50 211 Lillis "Death with Dignity" by Dr. Alan Bates: MD; Oregon State Representative; board member of Oregon Death with Dignity
1:50-2:40 211 Lillis "Priority Setting in Health Care: The Scandinavian Experience" by Dr. Reidar Lie: MD; PhD; Senior Research Fellow, Dept. of Clinical Bioethics, National Institute of Health, Washington, DC; formerly, Director of the Center for Medical Ethics, University of Oslo, and Professor of Philosophy, University of Bergen
2:55-3:45 211 Lillis "You Can't Always Get What You Want -- Making Resource Allocation Decisions in Oregon" by Dr. John Santa: MD; Assistant Director for Health Projects, Center for Evidence-based Policy, Oregon Health & Science University; formerly, Administrator, Office of Oregon Health Policy and Research
3:45-4:35 211 Lillis "Autonomy Lost: On the Relevance of the Concept of Autonomy in Medical Ethics -- from a Scandinavian Perspective" by Dr. Bjørn Hofmann: PhD, Medical Ethics; MSc, Physics, Electronics, Biomedical Engineering; Assistant Adjunct Professor, Center of Medical Ethics, University of Oslo
5:00-6:30 211 Lillis Panel discussion moderated by Prof. Alan Stavitsky: Associate Dean, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon
all day Hearth Cafe, Lawrence Hall Architecture exhibit "Making Health Care Healthy for Women and Children" by UO Architecture students supervised by Dr. Jenny Young: Associate Professor, Architecture, University of Oregon; Specialist in Design of Health Care Facilities

Free and Open to the Public

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Thanks to Our Sponsors

Nordic Council of Ministers
College of Arts and Sciences
Friends of Scandinavian Studies
Oregon Humanities Center

and Co-Sponsors

ASUO Women's Center
Clark Honors College
Department of Architecture
Domaine Meriwether
Euphoria Chocolate Company
Finnish Literature Information Centre
Germanic Languages and Literatures
Institute of Cognitive and Decision Sciences
Institute for Leadership & Diversity Issues in Education
International Studies Program
Lundquist College of Business
Neuroinformatics Center
Office of International Programs
Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
Planning, Public Policy and Management
Romance Languages and Literatures
School of Journalism and Communication
University Health Center
University of Oregon Library
Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics
Yamada Language Center