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Mis - and Disinformation in the Professions: Vaccines, Voting, and Virtue

Southern Methodist University - Hughes-Trigg Student Center

Communicating accurate information is essential for the role physicians, attorneys, and clergy play in a flourishing society. They share a responsibility to inform the public wisely and truthfully on matters of life and death. This responsibility, however, has been rendered increasingly difficult with the spread of mis-and disinformation, leading to confusion, distrust, and suspicion about professional opinion and advice. The 2022 Conference of the Professions will address this shared responsibility and its attendant difficulties, seeking to discern how to distinguish legitimate public inquiry from fallacious statements that undermine our physical, intellectual, moral and spiritual health and wellbeing.

Keynote by Christine Emba, Washington Post opinion columnist and editor, author of Rethinking Sex: A Provocation (Sentinel Press).

As someone who works in communicating information on pressing cultural topics through her work as an opinion columnist, Ms. Emba will offer her general reflections on the place of mis- and disinformation in society, especially as it bears on the professions.

A panel of physicians, attorneys and clergy members will discuss our theme, moderated by Rabbi Nancy Kasten, Chief Relationship Officer for Faith Commons.


  • Reeni Abraham is Associate Vice Chair of Undergraduate Medical Education, Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She practices internal medicine in the subspecialties of Hospitalist and Palliative Care.
  • Thomas Leatherbury is Senior Partner, Vinson & Elkins and Director, First Amendment Clinic, SMU Dedman School of Law.
  • Omar Suleiman is founder and president of the Yaqeen Institute for Islamic research, an adjunct professor of Islamic Studies at SMU, and resident scholar at Valley Ranch Islamic Center.

Clergy: This event has been approved for .3 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).

Legal Professionals: This activity has been approved for 2.75 CLE Ethics Hours.

Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Texas Medical Association and Dallas CMS. The Texas Medical Association is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Texas Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

About the Conference of the Professions

The annual Conference of the Professions is sponsored by the SMU Dedman School of Law, the Dallas County Medical Society, the Dallas Bar Association, the SMU Perkins School of TheologyThe University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasFaith Commons, and SMU’s Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility. Each year an ethical issue of common interest is identified. A noted expert in the field presents a keynote address, and a distinguished panel of local professionals discusses a related case that poses practical issues for law, medicine, the clergy, and other professions.

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