Research Ethics & Compliance — Film Discussions

Mark your calendars for a new discussion series that will examine research ethics issues raised in popular films and documentaries!  We welcome multidisciplinary perspectives.  Anyone from any University department is welcome to attend any or all of these meetings.


Our next event:

Monday, February 24th: 2-4pm with light reception to follow, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall in Columbia Journalism School (2950 Broadway)
Discussion of "Voices from the Grave"

The second session of this series will focus on the 2010 documentary, "Voices from the Grave" and the research leading to the film and book that inspired it.  Co-hosted by the Office of Research Compliance and Training and the Human Research Protection Office/IRBs.  Featuring Columbia’s Mary Marshall Clark and the documentary’s producer Ed Moloney in a discussion involving audience participation and moderated by Columbia’s Geraldine Downey.

Please register here and direct any questions to Shawna Benston at

Voices from the Grave book cover
Coming up this academic year:
  • Our third session will examine the film "Charly."  We will meet in June on the CUIMC Campus (exact details TBD).


Past events:
Monday, October 21st, 3-5pm, Vagelos Education Center Room 201
Discussion of "Three Identical Strangers"

The first session will focus on the 2018 documentary, "Three Identical Strangers."  Triplets who had been adopted in infancy by three different families in infancy accidentally reconnect as young adults and ultimately discover nefarious reasons for their initial separation.  Come prepared to experience and investigate a riveting narrative of a NYC-based family who were unknowing subjects of an intense research study with wide-ranging implications.  Co-hosted by the Office of Research Compliance and Training and the Human Research Protection Office/IRBs.  This discussion will be led by Robert Klitzman and Neil Schluger.