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March 24, 2005

Bioethicist Pelligrino To Deliver UI Lectures April 7-8

Dr. Edmund D. Pelligrino, one of America's leading thinkers in bioethics and medical ethics, will deliver a pair of lectures at the University of Iowa April 7-8 as the Geneva Lecture Series' distinguished lecturer. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Pellegrino's public lecture, "Should Medicine be the Handmaiden of Technology?" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 7 in the Sahai Auditorium of the Medical Educational and Biomedical Research Facility. He will also participate in a colloquium entitled "Bioethics and the Anthropological Question" at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 8 in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building. Also participating in the colloquium will be Diana Cates of the Department of Religious Studies and Evan Fales of the Department of Philosophy.

Pelligrino is the professor emeritus and medical ethics and a senior research scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and adjunct professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. He is the founder of the Center for clinical Bioethics at Georgetown and the former director of the Center for the Advanced Study of Ethics. He has been a department chair, dean and university president, and he is the author of more than 550 published items in medical science, philosophy and ethics.

Founded in 1976, the purpose of the Geneva Lecture Series is to demonstrate the continuing relevance of the Judeo-Christian message to the life of the mind. To date, more than 60 nationally and internationally renowned speakers have been invited to speak at the University of Iowa.

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