WMU News

Human cloning is topic of talk

March 10, 1998

KALAMAZOO--The ethical issues surrounding human cloning will be explored in a lecture Wednesday, March 25, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Dan W. Brock, the Charles C. Tillinghast Jr. University Professor at Brown University, will speak at 7:30 p.m. in the Kirsch Auditorium of the Fetzer Center. The title of his free lecture is "Human Cloning: The Ethical Issues."

He will assess the main arguments for and against human cloning in an effort to determine what public policy should be.

Brock also holds a joint appointment as a professor of philosophy and biomedical ethics in the Department of Philosophy and the School of Medicine at Brown. In addition, he is director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics there.

He has served as staff philosopher for the President's Commission for the Study of Ethical Problems in Medicine and has been a consultant in biomedical ethics and health policy to numerous national bodies, including the Institute of Medicine and the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress. A fellow of the Hastings Center and a founding board member of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, Brock is the author of more than 100 published papers in bioethics and in moral and political philosophy.

The lecture is being sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society and College of Health and Human Services.

Media contact: Ruth Stevens; ruth.stevens@wmich.edu

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