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Jonathan Moreno, one of the nation's leading authorities on the ethics of research with human embryonic stem cells, will speak at a presentation of Old Dominion University's Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs (IPEA) at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, in Chandler Recital Hall.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The recital hall is in the Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center on the ODU campus.

Moreno, director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics, University of Virginia Health System, is past president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He also co-chaired the National Academies' Committee on Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research.

The ODU College of Health Sciences is providing support for Moreno's lecture.

Yvette Pearson, an ODU assistant professor of philosophy and one of the IEPA directors, said people outside academe often believe the intellectual activity on university campuses is not relevant to them. "We want to make it clear what guidance philosophy can offer on ethical issues in the public sphere. The institute does not have a political agenda. We simply want people to think for themselves and not passively accept what they hear."

For more information about the lecture, call 683-3114.

This article was posted on: February 6, 2006

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