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Impact Of The Life Sciences On Contemporary Society Theme Of Fall Lecture Series

September 25, 2001-- Stem-cell research. The war on drugs. Balkan nationalism. These are some of the topics to be discussed this fall as part of the University of Virginia's Forum for Contemporary Thought, a speakers series sponsored by the Faculty Senate.

Given the accelerated pace of pathbreaking developments in human and animal biology, the theme of seven talks beginning Oct. 19 will be the "Impact of the Life Sciences on Contemporary Society," said Robert Kretsinger, professor of biology and faculty co-chair of the program.

All talks are free and open to the public.

Last spring's Finals speaker, Francis Collins, director of the Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health will discuss the "Consequences of the Human Genome Project for Medicine and Society" on Nov. 1.

The forum, created to foster intellectual community and dialogue across disciplines, is funded by U.Va.'s College of Arts & Sciences, the Olsson Center for Applied Ethics and the schools of law, business, engineering, architecture, education and nursing.

FALL 2001 SCHEDULE

Oct. 1 CANCELLED Nenand Miscevik, professor of philosophy, University of Slovenia. "Balkan Nationalism." 5 p.m., Minor Hall 225. (Co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department.)

Oct. 19 Richard Tuck, professor of government, Harvard University. "Roundtable [on government] with Professor Tuck." 10 a.m., Wilson Hall 301.

Oct. 22 David Courtwright, professor of history, University of North Florida. "Why We Make War on Some Drugs but Not on Others." 3:30 p.m., Reading Room, Colonnade Club. Reception to follow. (Co-sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics.)

Oct. 24 Harold Shapiro, professor of economics and public affairs, former president of Princeton University and chairman of the National Bioethics Commission. "Public Bioethics: The Case of Stem Cell Research." 12:30 p.m., Jordan Conference Center Auditorium. (Co-sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics, the Center for Biomedical Ethics, and the Miller Center of Public Affairs.)

Oct. 26 Jane Gaines, professor of literature and English and director of the film and video program, Duke University. "The Vanishing Race: The Career of African-American Character Actor Noble M. Johnson." 1 p.m., Clemons Library 201.(Co-sponsored by the Virginia Film Festival.)

Oct. 31 Dorothy Nelkin, professor of sociology, New York University. "Genetics and Society: DNA as Icon." 12:30 p.m., Jordan Conference Center Auditorium. (Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics.)

Nov. 1 Francis Collins, director, Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health. "Consequences of the Human Genome Project for Medicine and Society." 1:30 p.m. Newcomb Hall Theatre. (Co-sponsored with the Medical Center, Brown College, the Institute for Practical Ethics, and the departments of biology and chemistry.)

Nov. 1 Donna Diers, Anne W. Goodrich Professor of Nursing, Yale University. "Between Practice and Policy." 3:30 p.m., McLeod Hall Auditorium.

Contact: Joanna Gluckman, (434) 924-6858

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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