The Merrimon Lectureship in Medicine
One of the UNC School of Medicine’s oldest and most prestigious endowed lectureships, the Merrimon Lectureship sponsors an annual event of public lectures and consultations involving a distinguished senior speaker addressing issues in the ethics and history of the health professions. The Center for Bioethics coordinates this lectureship, in collaboration with the UNC School of Medicine Dean’s Office.
The Merrimon lectureship was established by the late Dr. Louise Merrimon Perry, and inaugurated in 1966. Dr. Perry’s idea was that the lectures be open to all, but that they be concerned with the origins, traditions and history of the medical profession and of that ethical philosophy which must dominate this field of human endeavors. It was her intention that the Merrimon Lecturers be distinguished both for scientific or clinical skills and a notably humane attitude towards medicine.
- History of the Merrimon Lecture
- 2023 Merrimon Lecture
I. Glenn Cohen
October 26, 2023
- 2022 Merrimon Lecture
Heidi J. Larson
September 14, 2022
- 2021 Merrimon Lecture
Thrown Under the Bus: Young People’s Mental Health in the Pandemic Era
- 2019 Merrimon Lecture
Conscience, stigma, and the tension of opposites in reproductive healthcare.
- 2018 Merrimon Lecture
The Politics of Pain: Medicine and the Gatekeepers of Relief in America’s Opioid Era
- 2017 Merrimon Lecture
Pathways to Trust
Genomics, Precision Medicine, and Health Disparities
- Past Merrimon Lectures