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Former Secretary of HHS to speak at bioethics conference

The Dartmouth College Ethics Institute, the Office of the Dean of the Faculty and the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding will turn the spotlight on global bioethics in its symposium scheduled for Oct. 16-18. Giving the keynote address will be former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson. His lecture, titled "Medical Diplomacy," will take place Oct. 16 in Cook Auditorium at 4 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Tommy Thompson
Tommy Thompson

The symposium will address ethical questions raised by global health issues, including worldwide pharmaceutical practices, AIDS treatment access, genetic and reproductive technology and end-of-life care. Panel participants and attendees will explore and develop a curriculum for global medical ethics in the new century. Among the sessions will be a discussion on "The Evolving Norms of Medical Ethics," Global Justice, Human Rights and Health," "The Acceptability of Euthanasia: A Local or Global Issue," "Harnessing Advanced Technologies for Global Health Equity" and "Ethical Issues in Population Health."

Co-organizers Aine Donovan, Executive Director of the Ethics Institure, and Ron Green, Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Professor of Religion and Faculty Director of the Ethics Institute, said the symposium is a chance to focus on health issues that affect people around the world and to address the ethical issues that cross and divide cultures. "World health has become global. AIDS, SARS and other threats have taught us that no nation can isolate itself from disease conditions arising elsewhere in the world. This also means that the ethical issues associated with biomedical research and care today transcend national borders. This conference will identify and explore the emerging issues in global bioethics," said Green.

Other events include a screening of the critically acclaimed drama, MoolaadŽ, which deals with the cultural implications of female circumcision. The screening, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Loew Auditorium in the Hood Museum of Art on Monday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a panel discussion.

The closing keynote address by Alexander Capron, Director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law for the World Health Organization will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Alumni Hall. This event is also open to the public but seating is limited.

The Dartmouth Ethics Institute fosters the study of applied and professional ethics throughout the Dartmouth community, both at the undergraduate level and in the professional schools. Its goal is to facilitate scholarship and teaching in applied and professional ethics. For more information call 646-1263.

By GENEVIEVE HAAS

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Last Updated: 12/17/08