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Ethics professor to give 20th annual Presidential Lecture Feb. 21

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 02/13/07 •
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Prof. Ronald M. Green
Prof. Ronald M. Green

02/14/07: This event, originally scheduled for Feb. 14, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 21

Ronald M. Green, the Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, will deliver Dartmouth’s 20th annual Presidential Lecture. Green’s talk, “Bioethics in the Vortex of Controversy: Why Issues in Bioethics Have Become Central to Our Cultural Debates,” will be given on February 21 at 4:30 p.m. in Moore Hall in Filene Auditorium with reception to follow.  Both are free and open to the public.

Two decades ago, then-Dartmouth President James O. Freedman announced the creation of the Presidential Lecture Series, an annual lecture to be given by “a distinguished member of the faculty who is passionately involved in a significant area of specialized research.” The goal of the series, said Freedman, would be to “celebrate the life of the mind – the enduring delights of the scholarly life, the rich satisfaction of intellectual exchange, and the disciplined pursuit of ideas that matter.”

Green says of his lecture, “I think that more and more, we’re seeing debates about issues in bioethics become highly politicized, and my effort will be to explain why this is happening and how hard it will be to reverse this. The principle reason is that bioethics issues have become symbols of our deeper cultural debates.”

President James Wright, who personally selects the faculty member for the annual lecture says, “The annual Presidential Lecture, which was started by former President James O. Freedman, provides an opportunity for everyone in the Dartmouth community to do what is done best here at Dartmouth - to learn for learning's sake. In selecting the annual lecturer, I like to choose someone who not only demonstrates the high standard of scholarship and insight that we expect of all our faculty, but someone who opens for his or her listeners a new window on the world.”

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