Anthony AtalaAnthony Atala is the W.H. Boyce Professor and Director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Urology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in North Carolina. He is a recipient of the U.S. Congress funded Christopher Columbus Foundation Award, bestowed on a living American who is currently working on a discovery that will significantly affect society.  He was named by Scientific American as a Medical Treatments Leader of the Year for his contributions to the fields of cell, tissue and organ regeneration. He is the editor of 8 books and has published more than 250 journal articles and has applied for or received over 200 national and international patents.

Howard BrodyHoward Brody holds the John P. McGovern Centennial Chair in Family Medicine and is Director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. His most recent books are The Future of Bioethics (Oxford University Press, 2009) and The Golden Calf: Economism and American Policy (CreateSpace, 2011).

ChambersTod Chambers is the Director of the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine.  He is the author of The Fiction of Bioethics and the co-editor of Prozac as a Way of Life.

Leah CeccarelliLeah Ceccarelli is Associate Professor and Associate Chair in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington, where she also helps coordinate the university’s Science Studies Network. She is the author of Shaping Science with Rhetoric (University of Chicago Press, 2001). Her most recent book is On the Frontier of Science: An American Rhetoric of Exploration and Exploitation (Michigan State University Press, forthcoming).


Jean Bethke Elshtain is the Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, The University of Chicago, and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Religion and Public Life  Baylor University.  She has been a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University; a Scholar in Residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Conference and Study Center in Como, Italy: a Guggenheim Fellow; a writer in residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire; and is a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  She is the author and editor of seventeen books and has published over 200 essays in scholarly journals and journals of civic opinion.

Arthur FrankArthur W. Frank is Professor of Sociology, University of Calgary. He is a fellow of The Hastings Center and of the Royal Society of Canada. His most recent book is Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-narratology (University of Chicago Press, 2010). He is currently preparing a new edition of his earlier book The Wounded Storyteller: Body, Illness, and Ethics (University of Chicago Press, 1995).

Ezra GriffithEzra E. H. Griffith is Professor of Psychiatry and African-American Studies, Emeritus and Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of Medicine, where he is also Deputy Chairman for Diversity and Organizational Ethics in the Department of Psychiatry. His most recent publications are: (1) Ye Shall Dream: Patriarch Granville Williams and the Barbados Spiritual Baptists (University of the West Indies Press, 2010); (2); “Oral Performance, Identity and Representation in Forensic Psychiatry” (Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 2011).

Ronald M. GreenRonald M. Green is the Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values at Dartmouth College. He has served as Director of Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute. As a consultant, he helped establish the Office of Genome Ethics at the National Institutes of Health.  A recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, his most recent book is Babies By Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice (Yale University Press, 2007).

James A. HerrickJames A. Herrick is the Guy Vander Jagt Professor of Communication at Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where he has taught since 1984.  A graduate of the University of California and the University of Wisconsin, Herrick is the author of The Radical Rhetoric of the English Deists (University of South Carolina Press, 1997), The Making of the New Spirituality (IVP Books, 2004), and The History and Theory of Rhetoric, 5th ed. (Prentice Hall, 2012)

Michael HydeMichael J. Hyde is University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics, Department of Communication, and holds a joint appointment in the Program for Bioethics, Health, and Society, School of Medicine, Wake Forest University.  His most recent books are the award-winning Perfection: Coming to Terms with Being Human (Baylor University Press, 2010) and Openings: Acknowledging Essential Moments in Human Communication (Baylor University Press, 2012).

Lisa KeränenLisa Keränen is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Communication and Associate of the Program for Arts and Humanities in Health Care at the University of Colorado, Denver.  She is the author of the awarding-winning Scientific Characters: Rhetoric, Politics, and Trust in Breast Cancer Research (University of Alabama Press, Series in Rhetoric, Culture, and Social Criticism, 2010).


Nancy King

Nancy M. P. King is Professor of Social Sciences and Health Policy, Wake Forest School of Medicine, and Co-Director of the Master of Arts in Bioethics Program and the Center for Bioethics, Health, and Society, Wake Forest University.  Her scholarship addresses a broad range of issues in bioethics, with special focus on ethical issues in research with human subjects.  Her most recent book, co-edited with Michael J. Hyde, is Bioethics, Public Moral Argument, and Social Responsibility (Routledge, 2012).

Bill LeonardBill J. Leonard is James and Marilyn Dunn Professor of Baptist Studies, Professor of Church History and Religion, Wake Forest University.  His most recent book is The Challenge of Being Baptist, Baylor University Press, 2010.

Thomas M. LesslThomas M. Lessl is a Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Georgia.   He is the author of Rhetorical Darwinism: Religion, Evolution, and the Scientific Identity (Baylor University Press, 2012).

Judy Z. SegalJudy Z. Segal is Professor of English, University of British Columbia, where she teaches courses in history and theory of rhetoric and in rhetoric of science and medicine.   She is the author of Health and the Rhetoric of Medicine (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005) and numerous articles and book chapters on medical rhetoric.


Kenneth Winston Starr, J.D., is the 14th president of Baylor University. Judge Starr was elected unanimously by the Baylor Board of Regents in 2010.

Starr has had a distinguished career in academia, the law and public service. Prior to coming to Baylor, he served as the Duane and Kelly Roberts Dean and Professor of Law at Pepperdine, and served as counsel to the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where he later became partner he specialty is in appellate work, antitrust, federal courts, federal jurisdiction and constitutional law.

Starr has argued cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He also served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit and as law clerk to Chief Justice Warren E. Burger. He also served as Independent Counsel Whitewater.

Starr also taught constitutional law New York University School of Law and was a distinguished visiting professor at George Mason University School of Law and Chapman Law School. He earned his B.A. from George Washington University in 1968, his M.A. from Brown University in 1969 and his J.D. degree from Duke University Law School in 1973.