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Scholar uses short story for teaching ethics

April 24, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Using a short story about a chronically ill and unsuccessful professor, a visiting philosopher will talk about medical, professional and general ethics Wednesday, May 1, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Felicia Ackerman, professor of philosophy at Brown University, will utilize a short story she wrote to illustrate methods of teaching ethics in a presentation at 2 p.m. in Room 1034 of Moore Hall. Sponsored by WMU's Center for the Study of Ethics in Society, her presentation, "Break, Break, Break: A Short Story as a Vehicle for Teaching Ethics," is free and open to the public.

Ackerman's research centers on philosophy in literature and biomedical ethics, and her papers have appeared in various journals and anthologies, including Midwest Studies in Philosophy, Philosophical Perspectives and Ethical Issues in Modern Medicine. She also is a fiction writer whose short stories have appeared in "Prize Stories 1990: The O. Henry Awards," Commentary, Playgirl and various literary magazines. In addition, she has held visiting faculty appointments at the University of California-Los Angeles, St. Andrew's University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

For more information, contact the WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society at (269) 387-4397.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 269 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

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