October 03, 2013
Cynthia McKenna

Health Care Ethics Distinguished Lecture

Event Details: 6:30 p.m., October 07, Busch Student Center, St. Louis Room, 20 N Grand Blvd., St. Louis Room (Room 300), Third Floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103-2051
Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.
Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D.

The Center for Health Care Ethics, in conjunction with Alpha Epsilon Delta, will host Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D., as she presents the 2013 Distinguished Lecture at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in the Saint Louis Room in Busch Student Center. She will present "Religion, Bioethics and the Poor: Attending to the Present on Bioethics."

This lecture will ask about the nature, goal and meaning of medicine and research, and suggest that there is a moral imperative to them. The duty to restore, heal and repair is at the center of medicine, yet too often, the arguments that dominate the debates about health care reform are rooted in the limited language of the marketplace. Can a "larger question" be asked, one that confronts the difficult challenges of the present? The lecture will consider two cases — the ethical issue of advanced reproductive technology and the ethics of the American foster care system — to argue for the necessity that caring for the vulnerable should be at the heart of bioethics. This will create the possibility to move from autonomy to hospitality as a core virtue.

Zoloth is director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society and professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. The center does research in bioethics at the Center for Genetic Medicine, the Center for Regenerative Medicine, the Oncofertility Consortium, the Women's Health Research Institute and the Institute for Nanotechnology.

She is also a professor of religion and a member of the Jewish studies faculty at Northwestern University's Weinberg College of Arts and Science, as well as the director of Northwestern University's Brady Scholars Program in Ethics and Leadership. From 1995-2003, she was a professor of ethics and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at San Francisco State University.

In 2001, she was the president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, as well as serving on its founding board for two terms and receiving the Society's award for Service to the Field in 2007.

She was a two-term member of the NASA National Advisory Council, the nation's highest civilian advisory board for NASA, and received the NASA National Public Service Award in 2005. She currently serves on the NASA Planetary Protection Advisory Committee and NASA's Interagency National Animal Care and Use Committee. She was a founding board member and currently serves on the boards of the International Society for Stem Cell Research, the Society for Scriptural Reasoning and the Society for Neuroethics. She is an executive board member of the Society for Women's Health Research. Zoloth is the chair of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Bioethics Advisory Board.

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