Bioethics expert to speak on ethical, social issues

Distinguished Visiting Professor and bioethics expert Jonathan Moreno will present three lectures, on ethical and social issues related to topics including stem cell research, human experimentation, and the brain, at Stevenson College over the two-day period of October 29-30.

Professor Moreno is an internationally known scholar and policymaker in bioethics, and has served on important national commissions and presidential advisory committees. The public is invited to attend the events.

The lecture schedule is as follows:

  • "The Ethics of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research"

    Monday, October 29, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at 101 Natural Sciences Annex

    An introduction to the science of stem cell research, as well as ethical and policy issues, with special emphasis on the National Academies' guidelines of 2005, and the current policy and funding environment. Moreno will also discuss key ethical issues such as the sources of human embryonic stem cells, egg donation, and chimeras.

  • "The Ethics of Human Experimentation for National Security Purposes"

    Monday, October 29, 5-6:30 p.m., at Stevenson College, Fireside Lounge

    Lecture and discussion on the ethics of human experimentation for national security purposes.

  • "Mind Wars: Brain Research and National Defense"

    Tuesday, October 30, 2-3:30 p.m., at Stevenson College, Event Center

    Based on his new book of the same title, Moreno will explore the past, present and future of the National Security Agency's interest in the brain. Throughout this exploration, he will examine the ethical and social questions raised by an increasingly powerful set of tools in neuroscience.

Moreno is professor of medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania Medical School, and the David and Lyn Silfen University Professor of History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C., and a visiting professor of biomedical ethics at the University of Virginia.

For information, visit Stevenson College's academic events page.