Event Archive

The Park Street Corporation Speaker Series began at Boston College in Spring, 2016 with the goal of convening distinguished professionals, scholars, and activists from medicine, health care, and other related fields around timely subjects related to the intersections of health, humanities, and ethics. Found below is information about our past speakers. 

Gregory Zimet

Hard Choices: Ethical, Political, and Pragmatic Challenges around HPV Vaccine Delivery

Gregory Zimet
Thursday, February 6, 2020

Abigail Marsh

The Altruistic Brain: Making the Choice to Help

Abigail Marsh
Thursday, October 24, 2019

Carl Hart

Drug Use for Grownups: A Human Rights Perspective

Carl Hart
Thursday, November 14, 2019

Dr. Thea James

Medicine for Mission: Shifting the Paradigm

Thea James
Thursday, January 30, 2020

Sara Hendren

Rethinking Normal: Design, Disability, and Social Imagination

Sara Hendren
Thursday, April 11, 2019

Dr. Damon Tweedy

Black Man in a White Coat: Race, Medicine, and the Common Good

Damon Tweedy
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Andrew Solomon

Depression: The Secret We Share


Andrew Solomon
February 7, 2019

Michael Sandel

Bioethics and the Common Good

Michael Sandel
November 13, 2018

Beatrix Hoffman

Immigration and the Right to Healthcare

Beatrix Hoffman
Thursday, November 8, 2018

Sandro Galea

Well: A Practical Philosophy of Health

Sandro Galea
Thursday, October 18, 2018

Nikki Silvestri

Healthy Soil Healthy Minds: Connecting Health, Environment and Ethics

Nikki Silvestri
April 5, 2018

Natasha Trethewey

Beyond Katrina

Natasha Trethewey
Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Willis Jenkins

The Ethics of Food and the Health of the Planet

Willis Jenkins
Thursday, February 22, 2018

Rob Nixon

Environmental Martyrs and Defenders of the Forest

Rob Nixon
Thursday, November 16, 2017

Michael Pollan

Food and Climate Change: A Conversation with Michael Pollan hosted by Juliet Schor

Michael Pollan
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sally and Karl le Roux

Rural Medicine: A South African Perspective

Sally and Karl le Roux
Thursday, October 26, 2017

Philip Landrigan

The Impact Of Pollution On Planetary Health: Emergence of an Underappreciated Risk Factor

Philip Landrigan
Thursday, October 12, 2017

Steve Hyman

Moral Agency and the Neuroscience of Addiction

Steve Hyman
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Meghan O'Rourke

What's Wrong With Me?: The Mysteries of Chronic Illness

Meghan O’Rourke
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Patrick Downes

Recovery: The Making of HBO's “Marathon: The Patriots Day Bombing”

Patrick Downes
February 23, 2017

Jim O'Connell

Lessons from the Streets: Three Decades Caring for Boston's Rough Sleepers

Jim O'Connell, M.D.
January 26, 2017

Ashish Jha

Preventing the Next Global Pandemic: Lessons from Ebola and Zika

Ashish Jha
December 1, 2016

Susan Reverby

Escaping Melodrama:...the infamous research studies in Tuskegee and Guatemala

Susan Reverby
November 17, 2016

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Disability Bioethics: Toward Theory and Practice

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Thursday, November 3, 2016

Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn

A Path Appears: Reporting on Gender Inequities and Global Health

Nicholas Kristof & Sheryl WuDunn 
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Paul Farmer

Universal Health Care? From Slogan to Mantra

Paul Farmer, M.D., Ph.D.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016