Research Ethics & Compliance — Film Discussions

This discussion series examines 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 events.


Mark your calendars for our Fall 2020 event on "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Thursday, December 10th, 3pm - 4:30pm.  Registration link forthcoming.

Featuring a full Columbia panel including Dr. Robert Fullilove and Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor in a discussion involving audience participation and moderated by Dr. Sandra Soo-Jin Lee.
View the full film here (available to only Columbia affiliates).
This event will be held online via Zoom; you will receive further details in your registration confirmation email.  Please note that this event will not be recorded. 
Please direct any questions to the series' organizer, Shawna Benston, at
Stay tuned for future events in this series.


Past events:
Wednesday, June 24th, 3:30pm – 5pm.

This event was held online via Zoom.  Please note that this event was not recorded.
Discussion of "Charly"

The third session focused on the 1968 film, "Charly."  Featuring Columbia’s Paul Appelbaum and the University of British Columbia's Judy Illes in a discussion involving audience participation and moderated by Shawna Benston.

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 focused 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.

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

The first session focused 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.  Audience members came 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.  Featuring Columbia's Robert Klitzman and Neil Schluger in a discussion moderated by Shawna Benston and Challace Pahlevan-Ibrekic.