2012-2013 Convocations Schedule
The weekly convocation series is a shared campus experience that brings students, faculty, and staff together for one hour for a lecture or presentation from specialists in a variety of disciplines. The goal of the convocation series is to stimulate thought and conversation on a wide range of subjects. Convocations are open to the public and free of charge.
When permission is granted by the speakers, convocations will be streamed live on the Internet and available for on-demand viewing afterward. Tune in here.
Recordings of convocations prior to the academic year have been archived here. Videos of many past convocations are also in the Gould Library collection.
Carleton students, faculty, and staff may submit suggestions for future convocation speakers with this online form.
Convocation: Peter Ubel '84
Physician and behavioral scientist explores the role of values and preferences in health care decision-making.
Date: Friday, May 11th, 2012
Time: 10:50 am
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Skinner Chapel
Sponsored by: College Relations
Contact: Kerry Raadt, College Relations, x4308
Peter Ubel '84 is a medical doctor who asks arts and sciences questions. A physician and behavioral scientist Ubel's research and writing explores the quirks in human nature that influence people's lives — the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect health, happiness and the way society functions. His research explores controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision-making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. He uses the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision-making and health care rationing. Ubel is the author of Pricing Life: Why It's Time for Health Care Rationing and You're Stronger Than You Think: Tapping the Secrets of Emotionally Resilient People. His most recent book, Free Market Madness: Why Human Nature is at Odds with Economics – and Why it Matters, came out of his frustration with how the health care debate was being framed. The title of his presentation is "Battling Over Health Care: The weird clash of morality and psychology that threatens to bankrupt us." This convocation is sponsored, in part, by Ethical Inquiry @ Carleton and The Question.