Everything I Know About Bioethics I Learned from The Golden Girls

Sat, Apr 29, 2017 at 7pm

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Everything I Know About Bioethics I Learned from The Golden Girls

Picture it: Halifax, 2017. A swarthy, young bioethicist uses one of the greatest sitcoms of all time to illustrate the application of the principles of bioethics.  

Throughout its run from 1985-1992, The Golden Girls was truly ahead of its time, addressing numerous complex issues, including conceiving via in vitro fertilization, human enhancement, the HIV/AIDS epidemic and stigmatization, organ donation, sexual health, body modification, end-of-life issues, and cryopreservation. For many who grew up watching the show either during its original run or in syndication, The Golden Girlswas their first exposure to these, and other ethical dilemmas and the resulting decision-making process.

Join Dr. Elizabeth Yuko for an introduction to and discussion of bioethics through clips and case studies from The Golden Girls, and celebrate the 30th anniversary of the show's pilot episode. Who better to learn about autonomy, beneficence, non-maleficence and justice from than Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia?


Dr. Elizabeth Yuko is a bioethicist and the Health & Sex Editor atSheKnows, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Ethics at Fordham University in New York City. She specializes in reproductive and sexual health ethics, and the intersection of ethics and pop culture. She has been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The Atlantic, among others. 


April 29th, 2017

7 pm

The Company House

$8 Advance or $10 at Door

The Company House

2202 Gottingen St
Halifax, NS B3K 3B4

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