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The President’s Symposium on Bioethics

Loyola press release - February 21, 2005

The Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., and the Loyola chapter of COMPASS will present four nights of distinguished speakers considering the perfectibility of human life.

“Defining Our Future: The President’s Symposium on Bioethics” will take place the week of February 28 in Loyola’s Nunemaker Auditorium in Monroe Hall. The presentations will examine the moral and social implications of medical technologies as they are understood through the academic disciplines of biology, philosophy, theology, and law.

Monday, February 28, 7:30 p.m.

“Genetics and Medicine: Decisions for All Generations,” presented by the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J.

Wildes, an expert in medical ethics, has teaching and research experience at Loyola College Maryland, University of Houston, Georgetown University Medical Center, Georgetown University, and Loyola University New Orleans.

Tuesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m.

“Dancing with the Devil: Identity Politics and Bioethics,” presented by

Boyd Blundell, Ph.D.

Blundell is an associate professor of religious studies at Loyola University New Orleans. He earned a doctorate in theological ethics from Boston Universty and a master of theology from the University of St. Michael's College/Regis College in Toronto.

Wednesday, March 2, 7:30 p.m.

“Human Rights for All: Everyone Should Know About Cloning and Stem Cell Research,” presented by Dorinda Bordlee, esq.

Bordlee is a staff counsel for Americans United for Life (AUL). In 1998, she was

appointed by the Louisiana Department of Justice to serve as special assistant attorney

general defending Louisiana’s late-term abortion ban. She will be joined by Kitty Cleveland, who will offer her personal testimony of embryonic stem cell adoption.

Thursday, March 3, 7:30 p.m.

“Of Embryos and Souls: Should We Be Destroying Embryos and Cloning Humans?” featuring the Rev. Tad Pacholczyk.

Pacholczyk is an internationally-known speaker and molecular biologist who received a doctorate in neuroscience from Yale University. He has testified before members of the Massachusetts and Wisconsin state legislatures during deliberations over bills to ban cloning.

Incorporating the influential tradition of Catholic moral theology on medical moral issues with a Jesuit approach to critical thinking and discourse, the President’s Symposium seeks to contribute to the public discourse by modeling a healthy and vigorous engagement of the issues.

COMPASS is a national network of Catholic college students. For additional information, contact the Loyola chapter’s president, Katie Stephens, at 865-7653.