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Stem Cells, Ethics to be discussed in Perspectives Lecture Series

Perspectives 2005: The Raymond B. Witt Lecture Series at UTC annually examines weighty issues facing our country and the world. Next month, the series will take a timely look atMatters of Life and Death:  Stem Cells, Ethics, and the Quality of Your Life. All sessions will be held in the UTC University Center from January 18 through January 21. The series is free and open to the public.

The Perspectives Lecture Series is supported through the Witt-Bagley Endowment Fund established by Raymond and Florence Witt. 

On behalf of the Perspectives Planning Committee, we hope you can join us for the following sessions: 

Tuesday, January 18, 7:30 p.m.—Dr. John Lachs, Centennial Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilt University, will discuss "When Should We Block the Road to Inquiry?" Lachs has received numerous awards for teaching excellence and the advancement of scholarship, including the Herbert Schneider Award for Lifetime Contributions to American Philosophy.  Lachs draws students into discussion with a philosophical look at end of life issues.

Wednesday, January 19, 10 a.m.—Dr. David Smith, professor emeritus at Indiana University, will discuss "The Mortal Coil:  Morality, Mortality and Stem Cell Research." In 1983, Smith became Director of the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions.  Center projects covered the teaching of ethics, care for the dying, research ethics, ethics and genetic testing, and corporate responsibility. An active Episcopal layman, Smith offers a Christian response to stem cell research, and speaks on the "need to care for people, and not just ethics."

A panel discussion featuring UTC faculty and community representatives will discuss ethics issues in health care at 11 a.m. Panel members include Dr. Mack Worthington, head of the UT College of Medicine’s Family Practice, who serves as chair of the Erlanger Ethics Committee; Dr. Don Klinefelter, Professor Emeritus of the UTC Philosophy and Religion Department; Steve Meyer, civil engineer, Chairman of the Board, Stem Cell Action Network, a national patient advocacy group; and Dr. Judith Wakim, Johnson Professor of Nursing at UTC. The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Dennis Plaisted of the UTC Department of Philosophy and Religion. 

Smith’s lecture is made possible by the fund supporting the Keese Lecture Series to honor Dr. Donald Klinefelter. The panel discussion is also supported by the fund, established in 1962, endowed in 1964 by Will S. Keese Jr., in memory of his parents. The late Lucy Beall Keese and William S. Keese were longtime directors of the Bonny Oaks School.

Thursday, January 20, 10:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.—Dr. Clifton Cleaveland, past president of the American College of Physicians will discuss "American Health Care:  The Dreaded "R"(rationing) Word."  Cleaveland is the author of Sacred Space: Stories from a Life in Medicine and Healers and Heroes:  Ordinary People in Extraordinary Times.  He has also chaired the Conference on Southern Literature, and he writes a weekly column for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Friday, January 21--A student panel will cover health care issues at noon.  Moderator will be Dr. Linda Collins, Routt Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Biological and Environmental Sciences Department, UTC. 

Parking is available in the parking garage on East Fifth Street.  Free parking is available at Engel Stadium. Transportation from Engel Stadium to the University Center will be provided with a free CARTA shuttle.

Please direct your questions to Shannon Smith or Nicole Stewart, or call (423)425-4455.