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Thursday, May 10th at 2.20PM – Sponsored by Club 975 – Building Better Communities

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Guide map to Ethical Thinking – by Dr. John Langan SJ

Dr. John Langan is a professor of philosophy at Georgetown University.  He teaches ethics and international affairs in the School of Foreign Service. He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Michigan as well as master’s degrees in classics and in theology.  He has taught at Yale Divinity School, Drew University, Loyola University of Chicago as well as at Georgetown.  He is a senior research fellow in the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown and is the chairman of the board of Georgetown University Press. In 2005, he was president of the Society for Christian Ethics, the largest scholarly group devoted specifically to ethics. He has written on the ethics of war, on business ethics, on the connections between religion and politics, on the history of ethics, and on capital punishment.

He is currently on sabbatical at Oxford, where he is writing a book tentatively titled, Questioning War. In 1972 he was ordained a Catholic priest. For a long time he served the parish of St. Thomas a Becket in Reston VA. He grew up in Detroit and still roots for the Detroit Tigers.

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Wednesday, May 16th at 2.20PM – Sponsored by Club 850 – Medical Society

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Moral Entanglements in Medical Research and in Everyday Life – by Dr. Henry Richardson

Dr. Henry S. Richardson is Professor of philosophy at Georgetown University.  He is the author of Practical Reasoning about Final Ends (Cambridge, 1994) and Democratic Autonomy (Oxford, 2002) and is the editor of Ethics.  He has twice been a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Bioethics at the National Institutes of Health and has participated as a faculty member in research-ethics courses organized by that department in Uganda and in Tanzania.  Since July, 2008, he has been the Editor of Ethics, the leading journal of philosophical ethics.  In 2010, he was appointed by the Director General of UNESCO as a member of the World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST).

Dr. Richardson earned graduate degrees in law and public policy at Harvard before getting his PhD there (under John Rawls) in 1986. He has worked principally on the nature of reasoning. He won the Herbert A. Simon Best Book Award in Public Administration and the David Easton Award in the Foundations of Political Theory.

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Friday, May 18th at 2.20PM – Sponsored by Club ATP – American Teenagers for Progress

Taking Responsibility for Complicity in Moral Wrongs – by Ms. Laura Guidry-Grimes

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Laura is a Philosophy Ph.D. student at Georgetown University with a concentration in bioethics broadly construed. Her research focuses on disability advocacy, psychiatric ethics, global and social justice, feminist philosophies, and conceptions of agency and autonomy in different cultural contexts.

Before she went to Florida State University for her undergraduate education, she lived in Colorado and Georgia. While at FSU, she received dual degrees in Philosophy and Religion with minors in History and Philosophy of Religion, English, and Theatre. Under the direction of Dr. David McNaughton, she wrote her Philosophy Honors Thesis on a controversial nosological issue in psychiatry. Her Religion Honors Thesis involved writing a traditional thesis and also producing and directing Twilight of the Golds for charity. Dr. Aline Kalbian advised her on the written project, which explores Jewish bioethical positions on eugenics following the Holocaust.

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Monday, May 21st at 2.20PM – Sponsored by Mr. Kosek

Ethics and Etiquette in the digital age, focusing on ethical issues arising from digital forms of communication (Facebook, texting, etc.). – by Dr. Karen Stohr, Ph.D.

Karen Stohr, Ph.D., holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and graduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her primary research interests are in Aristotelian virtue ethics and Kantian ethics, with publications on topics such as moral emotion and imagination, the virtue of practical wisdom, and the duty of beneficence. She has just finished a book on the relationship between morality and manners (On Manners, Routledge, October 2011) and is beginning a new book project on moral ideals and human imperfection. Dr. Stohr also has research interests in bioethics, especially in the Catholic tradition. She has given public lectures on stem cell research, ordinary and extraordinary care, conscience objections for health care providers, and attitudes toward animals. Currently she is working on an article about advance directives and self-sacrifice within the Catholic moral framework. Dr. Stohr has served on the Ethics Committee at Providence Hospital, and routinely teaches undergraduate courses in bioethics.

Dr. Karen Stohr is a Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics; Associate Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University

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