President's Lecture Series announces speakers

The President's Lecture Series at Assumption College launches its third season with internationally renowned medical ethicist and prolific author Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D. He will present a talk, “Whose Call is it? The Future of Medical Ethics,” Wednesday, September 15, at 7 p.m. in Hagan Campus Center Hall (2nd floor) at Assumption. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Pellegrino is a professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics at Georgetown University, founder of the Center for Clinical Bioethics at Georgetown University Medical Center and a senior research scholar at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics. One of the founders of contemporary bioethics, Pellegrino has been committed to the advancement of the human, theological, philosophical and ethical dimensions of medicine throughout his career. He has written or co-authored 23 books and more than 600 articles and chapters about medical science, philosophy and ethics.

A former president of the Catholic University of America, Pellegrino is a master of the American College of Physicians, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, as well as the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees, including one from Assumption in 2009. His research interests include the history and philosophy of medicine, professional ethics, the patient-physician relationship and biomedical ethics in a culturally pluralistic society.
“Ours is an age of expanding personal choice and self expression,” Pellegrino says. “In medicine, this has expressed itself in a radical shift of clinical decisions from the doctor to the patient. What are the origins, nature and impact of the shift for the care of the sick, their families, and physician’s continence?”

The President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College is a public forum in which important ethical, spiritual and human issues are illuminated and examined within the Catholic intellectual tradition. All the lectures in the series are free and the public is invited. Reservations are suggested because seating is limited. Please contact 508-767-7323 or email jlambert@assumption.edu for more information or to reserve a seat.

The full roster of speakers in the 2010-11 President’s Lecture Series at Assumption College includes:

Sept. 15, 7 pm, Hagan Campus Center Hall, 2nd floor - free
“Whose Call is it? The Future of Medical Ethics”
Edmund D. Pellegrino, M.D., professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics at
Georgetown University and a senior scholar at Georgetown’s Kennedy Institute of Ethics

Oct. 20, 7 pm, Hagan Campus Center Hall, 2nd floor – free
“Church & Society in Communication”
Delia Gallagher, Vatican Press Corps member/CNN Vatican analyst

November 15, La Maison Francaise, Salon - free
Rabbi Klein Lecture: “Jewish-Catholic Relations: John Paul II and the Jews”
Rabbi David Dalin, Ph.D., Professor of History and Politics at Ave Maria University
Co-sponsored by the Ecumenical Institute at Assumption College

Feb. 16, 2011, 7 pm, La Maison Francaise, Salon – free
Annual Augustine Lecture: “Augustine on Learning to Talk”
Gareth Mathews, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at UMass Amherst

March 29, 2011, 7 pm, La Maison Francaise, Salon – free
D’Amour Lecture in the Catholic Intellectual Tradition: “Three Battle Cries in Search of Meaning: Social Justice, the Common Good and Liberty”
Michael Novak, theologian, author and former U.S. Ambassador
George Frederick Jewett Chair in Religion, Philosophy and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute

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