Events Calendar



Conversations with Rosemary and Myra

Join live-streamed bioethics discussions with Myra Christopher and Rosemary Flanigan on current topics in bioethics and the health industry. Please click the link below to join the conversation on the date/time of the event.



Can ethics help in addressing gun violence in the united states?

Friday, July 15
12:00 pm

Myra and Sister Rosemary will discuss the problem of gun related violence and what ethics discussion can do to help.





22nd Annual Rosemary Flanigan Lecture and Symposium


The Rosemary Flanigan Lecture and Symposium is offered free of charge by the Center for Practical Bioethics and co-sponsors, Saint Joseph Medical Center and Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. Registration is requested.

Rosemary Flanigan, PhD, one of the Center’s original members, joined the board in 1986, was its chairwoman in 1991, and served on the Center’s staff for 17 years following her retirement as a Professor of Philosophy at Rockhurst University. In 1995, the Center introduced an annual lecture series to honor Sister Rosemary.

6:00 pm Reception | 7:00 pm Lecture
Saint Joseph Medical Center
Alex George Auditorium, Building D
1000 Carondelet Drive
Kansas City, Missouri

9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
1750 Independence Avenue
Kansas City, Missouri

Plenary Speaker: Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH
Additional speakers and panelists to be announced.


Guest Lecturer: Daniel W. Webster, ScD, MPH

Dr. Webster is a Professor of Health Policy and Management at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where he serves as Director of the Center for Gun Policy and Research, Deputy Director of Research for the Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence, and Director of the PhD program in Health and Public Policy. 


He has published numerous articles on the prevention of gun violence, firearm policy, youth gun acquisition and carrying, intimate partner violence, and the prevention of youth violence. Dr. Webster is currently leading studies evaluating the effects of various efforts to reduce violence, including state gun and alcohol policies, policing strategies focused on deterring gun violence, a community gun violence prevention initiative, and Maryland’s Lethality Assessment Program for reducing the recurrence of intimate partner violence. Dr. Webster teaches courses in violence prevention and research methods for health policy at Johns Hopkins, and serves on the executive committee of Johns Hopkins’ Interdepartmental Violence Research Pre- and Post-Doctoral Training Program.




Annual Dinner 2016

Scott Simon
Thank you to more than 600 guests who gathered for the Center's Annual Dinner at the InterContinental on May 3, 2016. Virginia Stowers was honored with the Center’s 2016 Vision to Action Award. Co-Chairs were Mamie Hughes and Amy McAnarney. The theme of the evening as depicted in the video, Final Journeys, and in best-selling New York Times author Will Schwalbe’s keynote address, highlights the importance of communication with loved ones about how we would wish to be cared for in the face of life-limiting illness. In his keynote, Schwalbe shared how mutual love of books drew him closer to his mother through her final journey.