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.

Upcoming Shine Lectures

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 | 1–2:30 p.m. | Online

$629 Band-Aids and $20,243 Bike Crashes: The High Prices of America’s Emergency Rooms
Sarah Kliff, Investigative Reporter, the New York Times.

Past Shine Lectures

Tuesday, March 5, 2019 | 1–2:30 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
The “Other” Problem in the Quest for Pregnant Women’s Personhood
Lynn M. Paltrow, Founder and Executive Director, National Advocates for Pregnant Women. Cohosted with Boston University School of Law.

shine-2018-150x150-thumbnailMonday, March 20, 2018 | 1–2:30 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Is Patient Privacy Dead?
Mark Rothstein, University of Louisville School of Medicine

shine-2017-150x150-thumbnailWednesday, March 22, 2017 | 1–2 p.m. | Hiebert Lounge
Maine v. Kaci Hickox: Public Health Protection or Ebola Panic?
David A. Soley, Partner, Bernstein Shur

webpage-banner_150x150Wednesday, March 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_150x150Thursday, March 19, 2015 | noon–1 p.m. | Bakst Auditorium
The “Right to Try”: Compassionate Use of Experimental Medicine
Arthur Caplan, PhD, New York University Langone Medical Center

webpage-banner_150x150Wednesday, March 5, 2014 | noon–1 p.m. | Bakst Auditorium
Do Government Agencies Protect Patients? Failures in Regulation and Information Dissemination by the FDA and Medical Licensing Boards
Sidney M. Wolfe, Public Citizen’s Health Research Group

Thursday, February 28, 2013 | noon–1 p.m.
Patient Capital: Rethinking the Value of Care
Bob Massie, New Economics Institute