Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

Summer Visitors. (at the Center)

Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

Summer Visitors. (at the Center)

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Summer is perhaps the best time to do "thinking" work at the Center. The research associates are rotating away on vacation, and the Center is quiet. I can kick my shoes off and go barefoot on the third floor. At the same time, scholars from around the world are taking time away from their regular jobs and spending some of it studying at the Center. Alas, already here in the Northeast we're falling to sleep at night to the sibilant hum of cicadas, and the stream of scholars who have been visiting us is trailing off.

Our visiting scholars' program is one of the many special and rewarding aspects of being a Hastings Center research associate. Almost since the Center was founded in 1969, it has welcomed visits from graduate students, professors, journalists, physicians, nurses, lawyers, advocates, and life sciences professionals from here and abroad. The visitors bring us new opportunities to learn and to make friends from faraway places. Not the least of the benefits is the ability to learn of secret hideaways in other corners of the globe.

Although the program is geographically unrestricted, we have had targeted programs for visitors from central and eastern European countries and from South and Central America. This is a particularly important aspect of our Visiting Scholars' Program. In some of these countries, bioethical concerns have reached the forefront of academic and political debate only recently. Scholars there who are active in bioethics may need a place to share ideas, access research materials, and make contacts with others active in bioethics around the world. …

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