Alice D. and Frederick C. LaBrecque Lectures in Medical Ethics

Established in 2002 by the children of Alice D. and Frederick C. Labrecque '31, the annual lecture is intended to focus on medical ethics from the perspective of the Roman Catholic Church. It is intended that there will be a special emphasis on maternal and fetal issues. The lectureship will be promoted widely to the medical profession and general public, in addition to the University community. The visiting lecturer will be expected to allow sufficient time during his/her visit, to interact with students and faculty interested in the subject under discussion.


Wednesday, April 10, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
Fulton Honors Library
"Ethical Considerations at the Intersection of Psychiatry and Religion"

Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard University; Clinical Psychologist, Cambridge Health Alliance  

Gerald P. Koocher, PhD, Dean, College of Science and Health, DePaul Univeristy; editor of the journal Ethics & Behavior; former editor of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology and The Clinical Psychologist   

John R. Peteet, MD, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Physician, Psychiatry, Brigham And Women’s Hospital; Fellowship Site Director, Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


Wednesday, March 22, 2017
7:00 pm
Stokes 195S
"Ethical Challenges from the Pharmaceutical Industry"

Dr. Amalia Issa, Director, Personalized Med. & Targeted Therapeutics, Professor of Health Policy & Public Health, University of the Sciences
Dr. Jerome Kassirer, Former Editor, New England Journal of Medicine, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Tufts University


Monday, April 4, 2016
Stokes Hall 195S
"When Does the Life of a Human Being Begin?"

Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence, Professor of Politics, Madison Program Director, Princeton University


Tuesday, March 17, 2015
3:00 p.m.
Heights Room, Corcoran Commons
“Justice in Access to Healthcare”

Dr. James Corbett, Senior VP Centura Health
Dr. Charlene A. Galarneau, Assistant Professor, Women's & Gender Studies, Wellesley College
Dr. Paul Weithman, Professor of Philosophy, Glynn Family Honors Collegiate Professor, University of Notre Dame


Tuesday, April 22, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Fulton 511
“The Ethics of Pregnancy: Towards an Integrated Approach”

John Haldane, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Centre for Ethics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, University of St Andrews, Scotland


Thursday, April 19
7:00 p.m.
Higgins Hall 300

Professor Christopher Tollefsen, "The Philosophical and Theological Roots of Institutional Conscience"


February 5, 2009
7:30 p.m.
Cushing 001
"Ethical Issues in Care at the End of Life"

Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, OFM


Thursday, April 3
7:00 p.m.
Cushing 001

Prof. Maureen Condic, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Utah
"Faith, Reason and the Nature of Human Embryos"


March 22, 2007

Dr Edmund Pelligrino (Chairperson Presidential Bioethics Commission)
"Bioethics and Catholic Conscience"
7:00 p.m., Cushing 001 (note the change)
-- followed by Seminar and luncheon, 12:00 noon, March 23


October 20, 2005, Inaugural lecture
7:00 p.m.
Cushing 001
"Medical Ethics and the Crisis of Contemporary Culture"

W. David Solomon, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Ethics and Culture, University of Notre Dame