New bioethics journal website ‘Awaken’ to officially launch on Sept. 20

Photo of Wait Chapel with the words Awaken, The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics written on it

Wake Forest University School of Law students and faculty have created a first-of-its-kind online graduate school journal that explores the growing field of bioethics.

“Awaken: The Creative Journal of Contemporary Bioethics” is dedicated to exploring and understanding the field of bioethics through the publication of creative, fictionalized short stories. The stories published in “Awaken” utilize the creative literary process to discover and expound upon contemporary bioethics issues, founders say.

The law school’s newest bioethics journal website “Awaken” will officially be rolled out to the public on Wednesday, Sept. 20, under the direction of Professor of Legal Writing Christine Nero Coughlin (JD ’90).

 ”I am delighted to be working with ‘Awaken”s new Co-Editors Hailey Cleek and Ashley Barton, who have brought their passions and many talents in re-naming and creating an exciting new platform for this journal,” Coughlin says. “Under their leadership, ‘Awaken’ has expanded its reach.  Not only do the creative pieces illustrate the power of story and narrative in understanding bioethics issues, but they have added an interdisciplinary commentary section and engaged diverse and interesting scholars to provide insight into many bioethics issues confronting society today.  Working with these co-editors is energizing.”

Co-Editor Ashley Barton (JD ’18) explains, “‘Awaken’ provides a platform for discussion and exploration of the difficult issues presented in the field of bioethics by offering creative pieces and commentary that truly encompass all three modes of persuasion: ethos, pathos and logos.”

“Awaken” is supported by the Wake Forest University Center for Bioethics, Health & Society. The Journal was founded in the Spring of 2013 under the moniker, “Biosethikos,” highlighting the origins of contemporary bioethics and tracing changing discourse. Staff changed the name in Spring 2017 in order to broaden inclusive topics and better affiliate with the university. The Journal staff hopes to foster a culture of broadening perspectives through creative reflections, according to the editors.

Co-Editor Hailey Cleek (JD/MA in Bioethics ’19) adds, “We hope to emphasize interdisciplinary backgrounds to bridge a gap between law and ethics with respect to challenges in science and medicine. In order to do this, we will need authors from a variety of disciplines; we want to hear from students, practitioners, and other creative backgrounds. We welcome submissions from those both within and outside of the Wake Forest community. I’m grateful for the early authors that I have had the chance to work with, and I look forward to sharing others’ works.”

Publication opportunities are available both to students at Wake Forest University and to other authors not affiliated with Wake Forest who wish to publish creative works on the topic of bioethics.
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