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The NYMC Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program Hosts New Web Series to Improve Civil Public Dialogue—“Creating Community through Conversation”

Senator Mayer and Dr. Bedzow discussed the future of K-12 education, state government and national politics, and the importance of respectful and inclusive lang

Date: September 01, 2020
New York State Senator Shelley Mayer of the 37th Senate District
New York State Senator Shelley Mayer of the 37th Senate District
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Valhalla, New York – On Thursday, September 3, New York Medical College (NYMC) hosted New York State Senator Shelley Mayer of the 37th Senate District and Chair of the Committee on Education as she discusses the future of education with Ira J. Bedzow, Ph.D., the director of Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program and UNESCO Chair of Bioethics at NYMC.

“Now, more than ever, we need to recommit ourselves to civil dialogue, thoughtful discourse and productive disagreement. Civil dialogue is essential for building an authentic community in our complicated and diverse world. I look forward to a substantive discussion with Dr. Ira Bedzow about the future and purpose of public education, national politics, and diversity and inclusion,” said Senator Mayer. “As a legislator, this event, and others like it, provide an opportunity to think critically about true inclusion, community, and how they affect policy development. Thank you to New York Medical College, Dr. Ira Bedzow and the Biomedical Ethics and Humanities Program for thinking broadly about ethics and encouraging each of us to speak with one another about how we can build a better world.”

"In a time filled with sound bites and divisive rhetoric, I'm looking forward to engaging in community-based conversations on issues that are important to all New Yorkers,” said Dr. Bedzow. “I am particularly excited that State Senator Mayer will help me kick off this series, setting a high standard for conversations to follow."

Over the next few months, Dr. Bedzow will host public conversations with community leaders, including state and local officials, on a variety of topics relevant to the community.


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