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Dartmouth Ethics Institute to hold symposium on global bioethics

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 09/28/05 • Contact Genevieve Haas (603) 646-3661

Former U.S. Sec. of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson to speak

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 October 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 be held on October 16 in Cook Auditorium from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

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.

Other public events include a screening of the critically acclaimed drama, Moolaadé, which deals with the cultural implications of female circumcision. The screening will be held in Loew Auditorium in the Hood Museum of Art on October 17th from 7:00 to 9:05 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 October 18th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall. This event is also open to the public but seating is limited.

The Dartmouth Ethics Institute exists to foster 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. Membership is open to all Dartmouth faculty interested in the field.

Media inquiries should be directed to Genevieve Haas at 603-646-1445 or All other inquiries should be directed to symposium organizer and Ethics Institute executive director, Aine Donovan at

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