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Biotechnology and its ethical implications to be focus of Middlebury College lecture series March 17-April 21

March 3, 2008

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. ? Beginning Monday, March 17, and continuing through Monday, April 21, Middlebury College will host a series of talks by nationally recognized ethicists highlighting advances in biotechnology and their ethical implications. The lectures are free and open to the public and will all take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 220 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125).

On Monday, March 17, Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at American Jewish University Elliot Dorff will deliver a talk titled "Tower of Babel or God's Partners in Creation? A Jewish Perspective on Biotechnology." Dorff's lecture is made possible by additional funding from The Saltz Judaica Fund.

On Wednesday, April 2, Gilbert Meilaender will present a lecture titled "Embryo Research: Why Not?" Meilaender holds the Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University and has been a member of the United States' President's Council on Bioethics since it was established in January 2002.

On Monday, April 21, Suzanne Holland will speak about "The Stem Cell Debate: Why the Embryo is Not the Chief Moral Issue."  Holland is chair of the Department of Ethics at University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., and is co-author of "The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics & Public Policy," published in 2001. 

The lecture series is sponsored by Philadelphia-based Metanexus Institute and several Middlebury College organizations, including the Charles P. Scott Center for Spiritual and Religious Life, the Department of Religion, Ross Commons and the Academic Enrichment Fund. For more information, contact Scott Center Director Gus Jordan at jordan@middlebury.edu or 802-443-2017.

To follow is a schedule of lectures:

Lecture Series on Biotechnology and its Ethical Implications
March 17, April 2 and April 21
McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 220
4:30 p.m.


Monday, March 17, 4:30 p.m.
"Tower of Babel or God's Partners in Creation? A Jewish Perspective on Biotechnology"
Elliot Dorff, Rector and Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at American Jewish University.

Wednesday, April 2, 4:30 p.m.
"Embryo Research: Why Not?"
Gilbert Meilaender, Phyllis and Richard Duesenberg Chair in Christian Ethics at Valparaiso University, and a member of the United States' President's Council on Bioethics since it was established in January 2002.

Monday, April 21, 4:30 p.m.
"The Stem Cell Debate: Why the Embryo is Not the Chief Moral Issue" 
Suzanne Holland, chair of the Department of Ethics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Wash., and co-author of "The Human Embryonic Stem Cell Debate: Science, Ethics & Public Policy," published in 2001.
  
The lectures are free and open to the public and will take place at 4:30 p.m. in Room 220 of McCardell Bicentennial Hall, located on Bicentennial Way off College Street (Route 125). For more information, contact Scott Center Director Gus Jordan at jordan@middlebury.edu or 802-443-2017.