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Old Dominion University's Institute for Ethics and Public Affairs will sponsor a panel discussion on ethical issues arising from the war on terrorism, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, in Chandler Recital Hall of ODU's Diehn Fine and Performing Arts Center.

The program, which is partially sponsored by the ODU graduate program in international studies, is free and open to the public.
Panelists will be:

· Mumtaz Ahmad, professor of political science and history, Hampton University, whose specialties include Islam, Middle Eastern politics and U.S. foreign policy.
. Joanne Ciulla, Coston Family Chair in Leadership and Ethics in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond and UNESCO Chair in Leadership Studies at the United Nations International Leadership Academy in Jordan.
. Brig. Gen. John Cooke (retired), deputy director of the Federal Judicial Center and former chief judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals and commander of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency.
· William Howard Taft IV, a private practice attorney in Washington, D.C., who previously held a number of government positions, including chief legal adviser to the Department of State, where he challenged the Department of Justice's assertion that the Geneva Convention could be set aside with respect to Al Queda and the Taliban.
· Thomas B. Wilner, a private practice attorney in Washington, D.C., who has litigated major cases before U.S. courts involving sovereign immunity. He was counsel of record in Al Odah v. United States, which was argued before the U.S. Supreme Court and resulted in Guantanamo detainees getting access to U.S. courts.
· Tom Robotham (panel moderator), editor of Hampton Roads' Portfolio Weekly newspaper.

The institute was founded five years ago as the successor to the Institute of Applied Ethics, which had become inactive. Its co-directors from the philosophy department are associate professors Lisa Eckenwiler and Dale Miller and assistant professor Yvette Pearson.

During the past year, the institute has built momentum by recruiting a community advisory council representing professions such as law, banking and medicine, the military, state politics and law enforcement. The directors said council members are helping to extend the institute's influence off campus, and to select topics for public programs, such as the upcoming program on ethical issues in the war on terrorism.

The institute also will sponsor a lecture Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in Chandler Recital Hall by Dr. Jonathan Moreno, one of the nation's leading authorities on research with human embryonic stem cells. His topic will be "Integrity in Research with Human Embryonic Stem Cells: Ethics and Deliberations on Federal Policy." Moreno is director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the University of Virginia Health System. 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.

For more information call 683-3114.

This article was posted on: January 9, 2006

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