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The 2018 Annual Bioethics Lecture: Bioethics rests on classical medical-ethical questions about individual physician-patient relationships, but there is growing, urgent relevance to social, global and even environmental problems. The current immigration crisis is of global proportion and suggestive of the notion of “global bioethics.” What ethical challenges does immigration generate for a liberal society that claims to be “open?” As we face immigration and the massive movement of peoples, is there such a thing as a social “duty to rescue”? 

Michael A. Rodriguez, PhD, MPH is professor and vice chair in the Department of Family Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Blum Center on Poverty and Health in Latin America and Co-Director of the Center of Expertise on Migration and Health. His research activities include ethnic/racial health disparities, immigration, food insecurity, violence prevention, and development of research capacity in low and middle income countries. He has published widely and lectured internationally on the topics of intimate partner violence, medical education, cross-cultural medicine and collaborative development of domestic and international research capacity. He has consulted for the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Pan American Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Institute of Medicine. He is also a Board Member for Blue Shield of California, the Latino Coalition for a Healthy California, California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP), President of the CAFP Foundation, and an Advisor for the Latino Medical Student Association.

Cecilia González-Andrieu, PhD  will deliver brief remarks directly after the presentation. Dr. González-Andrieu is an Associate Professor of Theological Studies at LMU. She teaches in both the graduate and undergraduate programs, co-chairs the LMU Latino Theology and Ministry Innistiative and is a member of the Theological Commission of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She is co-founder of LMU’s Viernes por la tarde Latino issues working group and mentors the Social Justice Scholars community.

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This lecture is free and open to the public. Campus parking fees will apply.

Reception to follow.

Contact the LMU Bioethics Institute at (310) 258-5417, or email

  • MaryAnne Huepper, CSJ

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