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
- 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
- 2016 Merrimon Lecture
Striking the Balance
Patient Care, Activism, and Public Service in the Health Professions
- 2015 Merrimon Lecture
Seven Assumptions that Drive Too Much Health Care
- 2013 Merrimon Lecture and Health Justice Conference
Ruth R. Faden
Health and Justice
What’s Theory Got to Do With It?
- 2011 Merrimon Lecture
- Past Merrimon Lectures