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Visiting Lecturers (2004-2005)

Visiting Lecturers

In 2004 and 2005, the Advisory Board of the Center for Ethics Education selected internationally renowned scholars to offer lectures to the Fordham University community under the auspices of the Center. These talks formed two lecture series, designed to promote an informed discussion of a current ethical or moral issue in society.

In 2004, the Center chose the theme of "Research Ethics" and selected three scholars to deliver lectures.

In 2005, we chose the theme of "Just Allocation of Health Care Resources."

2004 Lecture Series: Research Ethics


Margaret FarleyMargaret Farley

"Research Involving Human 
Embryonic Stem Cells"
February 11, 2004 Rose Hill Campus


Margaret Farley is the Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, Yale University Divinity School.  She is the recipient of eight honorary degrees, the John Courtney Murray Award for Excellence in Theology, and a Luce Fellowship in Theology. Professor Farley is a past president of the Society of Christian Ethics and the Catholic Theological Society of America. She has published more than 75 articles and book chapters on medical ethics, sexual ethics, social ethics, historical theological ethics, ethics and spirituality, and feminist ethics; serves on the Bioethics Committee of Yale-New Haven Hospital and the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and co-chairs the Yale University Interdisciplinary Bioethics Project. Her most recent book is Compassionate Respect: A Christian Feminist Approach to Medical Ethics, Paulist Press, 2002.

Rebecca Dresser                            Rebecca Dresser

   "When Science Offers Salvation: Advocacy's Impact on Research Ethics, Policy and Law"
                          March 11, 2004
                   Lincoln Center Campus

Rebecca Dresser
is the Daniel Noyes Kirby Professor of Law & Professor of Ethics in Medicine at Washington University School of Law is on the President's Council on Bioethics, a Hastings Center Fellow, "At Law" columnistfor the Hastings Center Report, and on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Bioethics and IRB: Ethics and Human Research. Professor Dresser has served on the Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Advisory Council of the National Institute onDeafness and Other Communication Disorders and was Legal Consultant to the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Bioethics. Her most recent books are When Science Offers Salvation: Patient Advocacy and Research Ethics, Oxford University Press, 2001 and Bioethics and Law: Cases, Materials and Problems, West Publishing Co., 2003.

Thomas MurrayThomas Murray

"Ethical, Legal and Social Issues in 
Human Genome Research"

March 11, 2004 Lincoln Center Campus

Thomas Murray is the President of The Hastings Center, is a member of the Ethics Committee of the Human Genome Organization, the Ethics and Education Committee of the World Anti-Doping Agency, the AAMC Task Force on Conflicts of Interest, the FDA's Biological Response Modifiers Advisory Committee, and a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Dr. Murray chaired the Subcommittee on Genetics of the President's Bioethics Advisory Commission, the Social Issues Committee of the American Society for Human Genetics, and the Task Force on Genetics and Insurance, NIH Center for Human Genome Research. He has testified before Congressional committees, and is the author of more than 200 publications including The Worth of a Child, University of California Press, and Healthcare Ethics and Human Values: An Introductory Text with Readings and Case Studies, Blackwell Publishers.

2005 Lecture Series: Just Allocation of Health Care Resources


George AnnasGeorge Annas

"Dying for a Cure: American Bioethics 
and the Global Research Agenda"
March 9, 2005, Rose Hill Campus


George Annas is the Edward R. Utley Professor and Chair of the Health Law Department, Boston University School of Public Health, Professor in the Boston University School of Medicine and School of Law, and Founder of the Law, Medicine and Ethics Program at Boston University. He holds a degree in law from Harvard Law School and an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. He has written more than 200 articles on health law and bioethics, and is the author or editor of more than a dozen books and a play. He is a fellow of the American Association's Committee on Medical Practice and Research (Science and Technology Section) and is the cofounder of Global Lawyers & Physicians and the Patients Rights Project. Professor Annas has appeared on 60 Minutes, Nightline, Frontline, Today, and Good Morning America as well as the nightly news programs of NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox.


Maev Ann WrenMaev-Ann Wren

"Health Care Reform in an Unhealthy State"
April 13, 2005, Lincoln Center Campus

Maev-Ann Wren is an economist, journalist and author. Her book, Unhealthy State – Anatomy of a Sick Society, was published in June 2003 and has been quoted in Dail debate on health care reform. She has written extensively on economic, political and social issues for The Irish Times, where she was a staff journalist from 1980 to 2004. Now an independent researcher and writer, she has recently contributed articles to The Sunday Business Post, Village magazine and the Quarterly Economic Commentary of the Economic and Social Research Institute. Maev-Ann Wren  won the 2001 national media award for newspaper analysis and comment for a series of articles entitled An Unhealthy State, which appeared in The Irish Times in October 2000. This series examined the nature of the Irish health care system and the case for its reform.  She was short-listed for the 2002 national media award for specialist writer of the year for her contribution to a series entitled States of Health, which compared health care in Ireland to care in seven other states



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