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Thelma Shobe Annual Lectureships in Ethics and Spirituality

Lectures & Lecturers

The 2013 Thelma Shobe Lectureships
Seventh Annual Thelma Shobe Endowed Lectures on
Ethics, Spirituality and Health

Thursday May 23, 2013, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m., Reception Follows
Cole Hall Auditorium, Medical Sciences Bldg., 513 Parnassus Ave. San Francisco

Rita Nakashima Brock
  • “Religion and the Case for
    Women's Reproductive Freedom”
    Rev. Rita Nakashima Brock
    , Ph.D.
    Research Professor of Theology and Culture
    Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas
    Many religious traditions support reproductive freedom for women. This lecture will discuss the religious basis for protecting women's access to this freedom, and the problems of religions that do not respect the full humanity of women as moral decision-makers.
    In addition, it will discuss the moral ambiguities and anguish for some women as they consider terminating a pregnancy and responsible spiritual care for women making decisions about reproduction.
Margaret O. Little
  • “Abortion, Conscience, and the Ethics of Provision”
    Margaret Olivia Little
    , Ph.D
    Director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics
    Associate Professor of Philosophy
    Georgetown University, Washington, DC
    Access to abortion is a fundamental right; its availability critical to women's well-being and ability to meaningfully author a life. Yet the morality of abortion is also something about which truly good and reasonable people disagree. Given this fact, how are we to think about the role -- and limit -- of conscientious objection in the provision of abortion? Some reject any role for conscientious objection; others defend its role as absolute; I argue that neither approach suffices. The social life of abortion needs to be acknowledged as a nuanced one, reflecting the fundamental complexity inherent to the issue.


The 2012 Thelma Shobe Lectureship

Sacred Stories as Companions to Pain, Suffering, and Care
Arthur W. Frank, PhD
Professor, Department of Sociology,
     University of Calgary

Thursday, May 24, 2012
Lecture:  12:15 - 1:30 p.m.   Cole Hall Auditorium
      Medical Sciences Bldg. ('S' Bldg.)
      513 Parnassus Ave., UCSF
Reception:  3:30 - 5:00 p.m.,
      School of Nursing Bldg. — Mezzanine

Abstract:  Sophocles's penultimate play, Philoctetes, exemplifies how a sacred story can be a good companion to both ill people and those who care for them. Philoctetes depicts a man with a debilitating injury who has spent ten years marooned on a desolate, uninhabited island. Yet when help comes, he refuses it--for good reasons. The play poses dangerous questions about professional practice and the goals of healing. The resolution of these questions presents an ideal of the relationship between persons who suffer and those who offer care.


The 2011 Thelma Shobe Lectureship

Shining in Practice:
Meaning and Excellence in Health Care”

Hubert L. Dreyfus, PhD

With Response by Patricia Benner, RN, PhD

12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Toland Hall Auditorium (UCH Bldg.)
UCSF Parnassus Campus
Reception 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.,
School of Nursing Bldg. — Mezzanine


The 2010 Thelma Shobe Lectureship

Living the “Good” Life:
Spirituality, Ethics, and Integrity

Carol Taylor, RN, MSN, PhD

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Cole Hall Auditorium (Medical Sciences Bldg.)
UCSF Parnassus Campus

The 2009 Thelma Shobe Lectureship

The Pedagogical Imperative in the Health Sciences: The Challenges of Professional Formation”
Lee S. Shulman

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Room #HSW-303 (Health Sciences West Tower)
UCSF Parnassus Campus

The 2008 Thelma Shobe Lectureship


"Rediscovering the Joy of Practice"
Daniel Sulmasy, OFM, MD, PhD

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

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The 2007 Thelma Shobe Lectureship

"Spirituality, Medicine, Ethics: Uneasy Partners"
Margaret E. Mohrmann, MD, PhD

UCSF Parnassus Campus, Room #HSW-302
Thursday, March 22, 2007, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

In the summer of 2005, Thelma Shobe Cook endowed the Thelma Shobe Endowed Lectureship in Ethics and Spirituality with this Mission Statement:

"[The] Thelma Shobe Endowed Lectureship will bring to the attention of students, faculty, and staff of the University of California, San Francisco relevant and current research and scholarship between and among the fields of ethics, spirituality, theology, religion, science, and health across the course of life.

The lectures will not only augment and enhance classroom, clinical, and laboratory instruction but will also be supportive to those currently providing direct patient care.
As the expanding power of science and technology transforms the life of human beings and expands power over life and disease, the Lectureship will provide an opportunity for faculty, students, and health-care providers to consider the relevant ethical and spiritual implications."

      - Thelma Shobe Cook

For more information on the Thelma Shobe Endowed Chair and Lectureship in Ethics and Spirituality see the following page: (web site).