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Kass to speak on biology, human dignity, Nov. 6-8

Dr. Leon Kass, a member and former chair of the President's Council on Bioethics, will deliver three seminars on "Keeping Life Human: Biology and Human Dignity" at 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Nov. 6-8, in 104 Computer Science Building.

Kass is the Addie Clark Harding Professor in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Hertog Fellow in Social Thought at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2001 to 2005, he served two terms as chair of the President's Council on Bioethics. Under his leadership, the council published six major books and a white paper on topics ranging from human cloning and human dignity to ethical caregiving in our aging society.

Kass has been engaged for more than 35 years with ethical and philosophical issues raised by biomedical advances and, more recently, with broader moral and cultural issues. He is the author of several books and widely reprinted essays on biomedical ethics.

The specific titles of his three lectures are:

  • "A More Perfect Human: The Promise and Peril of Modern Science," on Monday;
  • "The Dignity of Human Being: 'Death With Dignity' and the 'Sanctity of Life,'" on Tuesday; and
  • "The Dignity of Human Flourishing: Biotechnology and the Pursuit of Happiness," on Wednesday.

Kass is the 2006 Charles E. Test, M.D., Distinguished Visiting Scholar, and his lectures are presented under the auspices of the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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