“To Care and To Cure: The Dilemmas of Old Age”
Eric Cohen is editor and founder of The New Atlantis, a quarterly journal on the ethics and politics of science and technology. He is also resident scholar and director of the program on Bioethics and American Democracy at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. and a senior advisor to the President's Council on Bioethics. His essays and articles have appeared in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, USA Today, The Weekly Standard, The Public Interest, First Things, Commentary, the Hastings Center Report, and elsewhere, and he is the co-editor (with William Kristol) of The Future is Now: America Confronts the New Genetics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002). He was previously a fellow at the New America Foundation and managing editor of The Public Interest.
Dr. Carl Elliot, University of Minnesota
"American Medicine Meets the American Dream ”
Carl Elliott is Professor in the Center for Bioethics. A native of Clover, South Carolina, Elliott was educated at Davidson College in North Carolina and at Glasgow University in Scotland, where he received his PhD in philosophy. He received his MD from the Medical University of South Carolina. Elliott came to Minnesota in 1997 after four years on the faculty of McGill University in Montreal. Prior to his appointment at McGill he held postdoctoral and visiting appointments at the University of Chicago Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, the Department of Medical Humanities at East Carolina University, the Bioethics Center at the University of Otago in New Zealand, and the University of Natal Medical School (now the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine), the first medical school in South Africa for non-white students. In 2000, he returned to the University of Otago as Williams Evans Visiting Fellow.
Elliott has written on the ethics of enhancement technologies, the philosophy of psychiatry, the later work of Ludwig Wittgenstein, and the novels of Walker Percy. He is currently the Principal Investigator for an NIH grant titled, "Ethnicity, Citizenship, Family: Identity after the Human Genome Project." His next book, Better Than Well: American Medicine Meets the American Dream, will be published by W.W. Norton in 2003.
Dr. William Hurlbut, Stanford University
William B. Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor in the Program in Human Biology at Stanford University. Born in St. Helena California, he grew up in Bronxville, New York. After receiving his undergraduate and medical training at Stanford University, he completed postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics, studying with Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and subsequently with the Rev. Louis Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de Paris. In addition to teaching at Stanford, he currently serves on the President's Council on Bioethics.
His primary areas of interest involve the ethical issues associated with advancing biomedical technology, the biological basis of moral awareness, and studies in the integration of theology and philosophy of biology. His courses in biomedical ethics in the Program in Human Biology include: Biology, Technology and Human Life, and Ethical Issues in the Neurosciences. He has also taught a course on genetics and human origins with Dr. Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Director of the Human Genome Diversity Project and a course on epidemics, evolution and ethics with Dr. Baruch Blumberg who received the Nobel Prize for discovery of the Hepatitis B Virus. Since 1998 he has been a member of the Chemical and Biological Warfare working group at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and has worked with NASA on projects in Astrobiology.
Dr. Daniel Maher, Ave Maria University
“On the Goodness of Health"
Daniel Maher, Associate Professor of Philosophy, recently joined the faculty of Ave Maria University from the Catholic University of America where he taught both undergraduates and graduates. He holds the degrees of B.A. and M.A. from the Catholic University of America and the Ph.D. from Boston College. His specializations include Ancient Greek Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, and Medical Ethics. He has several publications in the area of Medical Ethics and is a consultant to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops Ad Hoc Committee on Health Care.
Dr. Paul McHugh, Johns Hopkins University
"How a Psychiatrist Approaches the Illusion of Technique in Health Care Delivery Today"
Paul McHugh, M.D. Henry Phipps Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Psychiatrist-in-chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. McHugh, a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, is currently Co-Chairman, Ethics Committee of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He also serves on the board of The American Scholar. His writings include Genes, Brain, and Behavior (1990) and essays on assisted suicide and the misuse of psychiatry.
Deirdre McQuade, US Conference of Catholic Bishops
"Pregnancy: Welcome Gift or Tentative Condition?"
Ms. Deirdre McQuade's career has been marked by research, pro-life advocacy, and ecumenical bridge-building. She holds a bachelor of arts from Bryn Mawr College, as well as an M.A. in philosophy and an M.Div. in theology, both from the University of Notre Dame. While in South Bend, she counseled for four years at a pregnancy help center and then worked for over two years as Director of Pastoral Research and Outreach in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. In 2003, she served as National Program Director at Feminists for Life. She has addressed a wide variety of audiences on life issues. Recent speeches include: "Confessions of a Pro-Life Feminist Catholic"; "Don't Women Deserve Better than Abortion?" and "Truth, Dialogue and Jacob's Well: A Model for Building the Culture of Life". She lives in the District and serves the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops as their Director of Planning and Information in the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.
O. Carter Snead, University of Notre Dame Law School
Professor Snead joins the faculty as an associate professor of law. In 1996, he received his B.A. from St. Johns College and his J.D. magna cum laude from Georgetown University in 1999, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and associate editor for American Criminal Law Review. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Paul J. Kelly, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He then practiced with Wilmer, Cutler and Pickering and with Ropes and Gray, both in Washington, D.C. In late 2002, he accepted the position of General Counsel for the President's Council on Bioethics (a White House advisory committee). As General Counsel, Professor Snead advised the Chairman and Council members on the legal and public policy dimensions of numerous ethical questions arising from advances in biomedical science and biotechnology. He was the principal drafter of the Council's 2004 report, "Reproduction and Responsibility: The Regulation of New Biotechnologies," a comprehensive critical assessment of the governance (both public and private) of the activities at the intersection of assisted reproduction, human embryo research, and genetics. Professor Snead continues to serve the Council as an Expert Consultant. From 2004-2005, he served as the chief negotiator and head of the United States delegation to UNESCO for the Universal Declaration on Bioethics and Human Rights (adopted in October 2005). Professor Snead was recently listed in UNESCO's Global Ethics Observatory, a worldwide directory of experts on bioethics, environmental ethics, science ethics and technology ethics.
His research focuses primarily on the intersection of law, science, and medicine. Indeed, he is currently working on an article exploring the impact of recent advances in cognitive neuroscience on capital sentencing.
Dr. Rosemarie Tong, University of North Carolina
“Trying to Make a Baby Happen: Knowing When to Start and When to Stop”
Rosemarie Tong is Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. From 1989 to 1998 she was Thatcher Professor in Medical Humanities and Philosophy at Davidson College. She also taught at Williams College, 1978-1988; was Olmstead Visiting Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies at Lafayette College in 1993; and Stacy Davidson, Jr. Professor at the University of Mississippi during 1998. She was selected as the 1986 Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Among the associations to which she belongs are: the American Philosophical Association, North American society for Social Philosophy, American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics; International Association of Bioethics, International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, Society for Women in Philosophy, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.
Dr. Paul Wright, Author of Mother Teresa's Prescription
"Finding Happiness and Peace in Service"
Dr. Paul Wright, a Notre Dame alumnus, is a cardiologist in Ohio. In 1994, he became Mother Teresa of Calcutta's physician, and he has written a book, Mother Teresa's Prescription: Finding Happiness and Peace in Service, about what he learned from serving her. In 2004 he was awarded the Notre Dame Alumni Association's Thomas A. Dooley Award for exceptional service and care for humanity.
For additonal information about the conference or the Notre Dame Forum on Biomedical Ethics, please contact:
Kathryn Wilson, Conference Chair
Notre Dame Forum on Biomedical Ethics
1047 Flanner Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
Phone: 574.631.9656 Fax: 574.631.6290