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Vol 39  No 4
Oct. 12, 2006


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Memorial co-sponsors 2006 Massey Lecture

Scholar discusses shared ethics

by Jeff Green

Renowned international ethicist Margaret Somerville will delve into a range of controversial topics including new reproductive technologies, genetic modification and trans-humanism when she delivers the 2006 Massey Lecture on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 8 p.m. at the St. Johnís Arts and Culture Centre.

Memorial University is co-sponsoring this yearís lecture, entitled The Ethical Imagination, along with CBC Radio.

One of the leading medical ethicists in Canada, Ms. Somerville, who is originally from Australia, has spent the last two decades active in the worldwide development of bioethics. She has also helped pioneer the study of the wider legal and ethical aspects of medicine and science.

Ms. Somerville is the founding director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics, and Law at McGill University, where she holds the Samuel Gale Chair in the Faculty of Law and is a professor in the Faculty of Medicine.

Widely published, she has received a number of top awards throughout her career including the Order of Australia and several honorary degrees. As a consultant to numerous government and non-governmental bodies, she has worked with the World Health Organization, the UN High Commission for Human Rights and UNESCO.

The Massey Lecture, which began in 1961, was created in honour of Vincent Massey, the first Canadian governor general of Canada. It was initiated to help provide a forum on radio where major contemporary thinkers could address important issues. Over the years, lecturers have included the likes of Martin Luther King Jr., Claude Levi-Strauss, John Ralston Saul, Michael Ignatieff and Stephen Lewis.

Memorial has a number of complimentary tickets available on a first-come first-served basis for faculty, staff, students and alumni. Call CBC at 576-5000 for tickets and identify yourself as a member of the university community.

Tickets are also available through the Arts and Culture Centre Box Office and are $15 for general admission and $10 for students. Call 729-3900 for more information.

The 2006 Massey Lectures will be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radioís Ideas from Nov. 6-10.

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