Bruce Jennings Departs

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Bruce Jennings Departs


Kaebnick, Gregory E., The Hastings Center Report


Bruce Jennings departs. One of The Hastings Center's most familiar faces and voices has moved a few miles down the Hudson River. This January, after twenty-five years at the Center, Bruce Jennings agreed to serve as a director for the Center for Humans and Nature, a research institute in New York City founded a few years ago by another Hastings Center alum and old friend, Strachan Donnelley.

By happenstance, Bruce is also the author of the lead article in this issue. Not at all by happenstance, that article is a perfect reminder of the wonderful work Bruce has done here. At a party we held for Bruce shortly before he took his new post, I had the honor of presenting him with a short book that we had produced in his honor, and which contained a single brief essay, "Homemaking," by Jim Nelson--yet another alum and old friend. In the essay, Jim offered a meditation on what Bruce has meant to the Center, to his colleagues here down through the years, and to bioethical inquiry generally. At one point, while describing an essay Bruce published some fourteen years ago, Jim gave this capsule description of Bruce's scholarly method and intellectual stance: "he trenchantly defends a picture of people as relational all the way down.... Moving deftly from theory to law, from poetry to politics, from qualitative research to personal anecdote, he puts steady pressure on the notion that our connections to others are fundamentally incidental to who and what we are. …

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