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Center for Christian Bioethics continues Provonsha lectures

Dr. Engelhardt Jr.
Dr. Engelhardt Jr.
H. Tristram Engelhardt Jr., MD, PhD, will be the speaker for the January 19 Jack W. Provonsha Lecture Series held in Randall Visitors Center, at 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Engelhardt Jr. holds full professorship, department of philosophy, Rice University, and professor emeritus, department of medicine and department of community medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, and is a member of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy. Dr. Engelhardt is senior editor of the journal Christian Bioethics and editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. He is also senior editor of the book series Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture and editor of the Philosophy and Medicine series with about 90 volumes in print.

Ana S. Iltis, PhD, will be the presenter for the January 26 Provonsha Lecture Series also held
Dr. Iltis
Dr. Iltis
at Randall Visitors Center, 7:00 p.m.

Completing her PhD from Rice University with a dissertation titled “A Philosophical Exploration of the Possibility and Implications of Institutional Moral Agency,” Dr. Iltis specializes in the area of human subjects research and organizational ethics. She joined the faculty of the Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University in January 2003 as a tenured-track assistant professor. In addition to her faculty position, Dr. Iltis is assistant editor of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and co-editor of the Annals of Bioethics, a book series published by Routledge.

In February 2005, California legislators introduced assembly bill 654, California Compassionate Choice Act, shaped in the image of Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act. Although the bill was recently sent back to committee, this legislation was written with the intent to move Californian society in the direction of allowing physicians to help patients end their lives. Several questions arose from this: Do we want our society to move in this direction? Could there be reasonable Christian arguments to support this legislation? What of other religious perspectives on this issue?

With these questions in mind, the Center for Christian Bioethics has gathered an outstanding group of scholars who will speak to the religious perspective of physician- assisted suicide at the 2006 Jack W. Provonsha Lecture series.

The 10-week Provonsha lecture Series will meet each Thursday evening with the final series held March 9, 2006. Loma Linda University students may attend the lectures for credit; health care professionals may attend the lectures for continuing education purposes; and community members may attend the lectures purely out of interest in the topic, at no cost to themselves.

By Dustin Jones, MA

TODAY news for Thursday, January 12, 2006