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Centers to Examine Schiavo and End-of-Life Issues


NEW YORK — The controversy surrounding the death of Terry Schiavo has subsided, but the end-of-life issues that catapulted her into the headlines remain. The Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and the Fordham Center for Ethics Education will examine these issues during the conference “Reflections on the End of Life – Schiavo Plus One” on Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the McNally Amphitheatre, Fordham Law School, Lincoln Center campus.

The conference will explore the larger medical, ethical, religious and policy issues involved in a decision to withdraw medically-provided nutrition. The conference will also explore the definition of a persistent vegetative state, the ethical implications of a drastically altered self, and the role of the government in terminal medical care. The conference is free and open to the Public. R.S.V.P. to or 212-636-6927.

TIME:     9 A.M. T0 4:30 P.M.

The conference will feature Michael Gazzaniga, Ph.D., David T. McLaughlin Distinguished Professor and director of the Program in Cognitive Neuroscience at Dartmouth College; William May, Ph.D., Cary M. Maguire Professor of Ethics Emeritus, Southern Methodist University, and member of the President’s Council on Bioethics; Carol Levine, director of the Families and Health Care Project, United Hospital Fund; Rev. Michael Place, vice president of ministry development, Resurrection Health Care; Tsvi Blanchard, director of organizational development, National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership; Dr. John Haas, president of the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Boston; Monsignor Charles Fahey, director of the Third Age Center at Fordham University; M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., assistant professor of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton; Nat Hentoff, journalist and nationally-renowned authority on the First Amendment and the Bill of Rights; Robert Burt, Alexander M. Bickel Professor of Law, Yale Law School; and Kevin Quinn, S.J., Ph.D., professor, Georgetown University Law School.

The Fordham Center on Religion and Culture was established in 2004 to explore questions arising at the intersection of religious faith and contemporary culture.  The center’s co-directors are Peter Steinfels, author and former New York Times religion correspondent, and Margaret O’Brien Steinfels, journalist in residence at Fordham University and former editor of Commonweal magazine.

The Fordham University Center for Ethics Education was created in 1999 to contribute to Fordham’s commitment to cultivating lifelong habits of critical thinking, moral reflection and articulate expression.  Drawing upon the Jesuit traditions of Wisdom & Learning and Men and Women for Others and the rich human diversity of New York City, the center sponsors activities that provide students, faculty, professionals and the public with knowledge and skills to study, inform and shape a just society that nurtures the full-flourishing of peoples of diverse faiths and cultures.


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