The American Bioethics & Culture Institute (ABCI) of the American Unit of the International Chair in Bioethics, founded in 2011, is an infrastructure for building collaborations among clinicians, scientists, psychologists, jurists, ethicists, and religious, human, and social-studies scholars and artists in all media, as well as the public. Our goal is to produce materials and create a climate for the teaching and learning of bioethics in a manner that is psychologically informed, memorable, and meaningful even in the midst of real-life stress and uncertainty. Our directors believe that a resilient moral life needs the support and inspiration for bioethical reflection that art and culture can provide even in the worst of times. Via our national and international network, through webinars, study groups, online forums, individual mentorship and publications, our directors seek to cultivate a cross-culturally meaningful conversation that advances the bioethics of healthcare as the life cycle turns.

This theme is explored in the distinguished Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine Flexner Lecture “Healthcare from Hell to Here: Moral Courage and Vulnerability from the Shoah (1939-1945) to Today.” The invited lecturer is one of our founding Directors, Harold J. Bursztajn, MD. In this lecture Dr. Bursztajn illustrates this theme via a Hyman Bloom painting of a Rabbi who, though terrified, holds onto the Torah.

“Words have meaning only in the stream of life.”
–Wittgenstein, L. (1990, No. 913) Last Writings on the Philosophy of Psychology, Vol. I. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

ABCI, a part of the American Unit of the International Chair in Bioethics, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.