Cathy Shine Lecture

Boston University School of Public Health’s Center for Health Law, Ethics & Human Rights presents the annual Cathy Shine lecture. The lectureship honors the memory of Cathy Shine and her dedication to the rights of all those in need of care. Shine had been restrained against her will at a Boston hospital while recovering from an asthma attack. The trauma she experienced led her to avoid hospital treatment and advocate for the rights of patients. Before her death in 1992, Shine authored a book on race-based discrimination in criminal justice proceedings, Does the Punishment Fit the Crime, published by The Sentencing Project. Shine and her family formed a bond with Professor George Annas, director of the center, who recounted Shine’s experience in arguing for the rights of patients to refuse restraints in a highly regarded article in the New England Journal of Medicine. We are grateful to the Shine family for the generous gift, which permitted the establishment of the annual Cathy Shine Lecture to offer fresh perspectives on protecting the human rights of patients.

webpage-banner_150x150March 23, 2016 | noon–1 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge

Barely Covered: Underinsurance and Its Impact on Access to Care
Emily Friedman, Independent Health Policy and Ethics Analyst

webpage-banner_150x150March 19, 2015 | noon–1 p.m. | Bakst Auditorium

The “Right to Try”: Compassionate Use of Experimental Medicine
Emily Friedman, Independent Health Policy and Ethics Analyst

webpage-banner_150x150March 5, 2014 | noon–1 p.m. | Bakst Auditorium

Do Government Agencies Protect Patients? Failures in Reguation and Information Dissemination by the FDA and Medical Licensing Boards
Sidney M. Wolfe, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group

February 28, 2013 | noon–1 p.m.

Patient Capital: Rethinking the Value of Care
Bob Massie, New Economics Institute