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UWFox Scholars Series Offers Presentation on Biomedical Ethics

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The University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Scholars Series concludes its 2008-2009 schedule on Monday, May 4, with a presentation by Dr. Patrick Boelyn-Fitzgerald entitled, “More or Less Human.” The presentation is scheduled for noon to 1:00 p.m. in room #1229.

Boleyn-Fitzgerald received his B.A. in Philosophy from Miami University, an M.A. in Philosophy from The University of Arizona, a Master of Philosophy Degree in Politics from Oxford University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from The University of Arizona. He has published a variety of articles on issues in bioethics, ethical theory, political philosophy, and philosophy of law.

Boelyn-Fitzgerald explains, “With recent advances in biotechnology, we now have the power to alter what many believe to be ‘human nature,’ a power that will increase dramatically in the near future. My presentation will focus on ways that individuals may be able to use technology to enhance or transcend their humanity, and the ethical issues that such attempts raise.”

He has been an assistant professor of philosophy at Louisiana State University prior to joining the Lawrence University faculty in 2001. While at Lawrence, he has been an assistant professor, associate professor, and chair of the department of philosophy. He is presently the Edward F. Mielke Professor in Ethics in Medicine, Science, and Society and Director of the Program in Biomedical Ethics at LU.

For more information about this Scholars Series presentation, contact the UWFox Office of University Relations at 920-832-2611.

Posted 5/1/2009