Hastings Center

June 13th - Join Fellow Alumni from our region for an in-person Discussion of Artificial Intelligence, Health and Bioethics.

The Harvard- Radcliffe Club of the Hudson Valley and the Hastings Center, a globally recognized research institute advancing our understanding of ethical issues in health, science and technology are co-sponsoring a presentation by Vardit Ravitsky, Ph.D., the President and CEO of the Hastings Center and Leigh Hafrey AB'73, Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management on the topic of Artificial Intelligence, Health and Bioethics.


The Hastings Center “helps frame and navigate critical social and ethical issues in health, science, and technology through research, publications, and public engagement.” The Center is a nonpartisan, nonprofit research institute created from multiple disciplines, including philosophy, law, political science, and education. The Center was critical to establishing the field of bioethics in 1969, and is the oldest independent institution of its kind in the world



Vardit Ravitsky, Ph.D. became President of The Hastings Center on Sept. 1, 2023. She is a leading bioethicist whose career has focused on the ethical, legal, and social implications of emerging technologies. She is a senior lecturer on Global Health & Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a professor of bioethics at the University of Montreal. Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Ravitsky has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the Sorbonne University and a Ph.D. in philosophy with a specialization in bioethics from Bar-Ilan University. At Hastings, Ravitsky succeeded Mildred Z. Solomon (EDD ’91), who was President for 11 years. Solomon is the director of the Fellowship in Bioethics at the Center for Bioethics, a professor of Global Health & Social Medicine, at Harvard Medical School, and President Emerita at the Hastings Center.



Leigh Hafrey AB’73 is Senior Lecturer in Behavioral and Policy Sciences at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Since 1995, he has offered courses in communication, ethics, and leadership in the MBA and other graduate programs in the U.S. and abroad. He taught at Harvard Business School from 1989 to 1993, and for more than 25 years has moderated seminars in programs of the Aspen Institute, an international educational and policy studies organization focused on values-driven leadership. A former staff editor at The New York Times Book Review, Hafrey has published translations, columns, feature articles, essays, reviews, and interviews in The New York Times and other periodicals, as well as blog posts and business case studies for MIT Sloan. He is the author of The Story of Success: Five Steps to Mastering Ethics in Business (2005) and War Stories: Fighting, Competing, Imagining, Leading (2016). He holds an A.B. in English from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Yale. Hafrey served as co-Master of Mather House from 1993 to 2010, when his wife, Sandra Naddaff (A.B. ’75, Ph.D. ’83), was appointed Master (now Faculty Dean). Naddaff is Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Comparative Literature at Harvard and Dean of Harvard Summer School. Her research fields include English, French, and Arabic literature.

The lecture will be a highlight of a free Open House at the Hastings Center.  A reception with wine and hors d'oeuvres will follow.  Registration is required for admission.  

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2024
Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Wine and hors d'oeuvres reception will follow.

The Hastings Center overlooking the Hudson River
21 Malcolm Gordon Road
Garrison, NY

Cost: Free - Space is Limited

You may register for this event online.  Click Here to Register.

Who: Open to Club members, alumni and their guests.