Bioethicist Leon Kass Talks at RIT, April 21




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Provocative thinker and chair of President Bush’s Council on Bioethics, Leon Kass, M.D., will speak at Rochester Institute of Technology Thursday, April 21, concluding the lecture series, Biotechnology: Our Future as Human Beings and Citizens.

Kass will present “Biotechnology and Our Human Future: Some General Reflections” at 7:30 p.m. in Web Auditorium, James E. Booth Building on the RIT campus.

Kass is a professor on the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago and the Hertog Fellow in Social Thought at the American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Human Dignity, The Ethics of Human Cloning and Toward a More Natural Science: Biology and Human Affairs, among other publications.

“Leon Kass is one of the most thoughtful people in America on the issues of biotechnology and human dignity,” says John Murley, chair of political science at RIT. “He has spent more than 30 years thinking about the implications of biotechnology for our lives as human beings and citizens. He will surely challenge friend and foe to reflect seriously upon the prevailing opinions of our day regarding these matters.”

The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, contact John Murley at 475-2064 or jamgcj@rit.edu or Sean Sutton at 475-4620 or sdsgsm@rit.edu.