Trinity International University will be hosting the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity‘s 19th Annual Summer Conference, which will take place July 12–14, 2012, on the TIU campus (Deerfield, Ill.). Pre- and post-conference institutes and seminars will also be offered (with or without academic and/or continuing education credit).
This year’s conference centers around the theme of “Reclaiming Dignity in a Culture of Commodification”:
Human dignity, once a cornerstone for bioethics, is increasingly obscured by a contemporary culture of commodification. Myopic fixation on sexuality, fertility, and reproduction reduces the female body to a resource for medical exploitation and reproductive tourism. Procreation is being engulfed by the reproductive imperative and the child of choice. Without neglecting the ongoing emphases on beginning- and end-of-life issues, our task must include attention to prenatal discrimination, the neglect of the girl child, worldwide disparities in women’s healthcare and maternal mortality, and the objectification and exploitation of the female body. Responsible Christian bioethics embraces her dignity as essential to her community and foundational to our common humanity. Join us as we explore important ethical considerations surrounding developments in reproductive practices and global women’s health through the lens of reclaiming dignity in a culture of commodification.
The conference will feature several highly respected professionals, thinkers, and scholars, including:
- Dr. Monique Chireau, MD, MPH (Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Division of Clinical and Epidemiologic Research for the Department of Obstetrics/Gynecology at Duke University Medical Center)
- Paige Comstock Cunningham, JD (Executive Director of The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity at Trinity International University)
- Dr. C. Ben Mitchell, PhD (Graves Professor of Moral Philosophy at Union University in Tennessee, and editor of Ethics & Medicine: An International Journal of Bioethics)
- Dr. Pia de Solenni, SThD (ethicist, cultural analyst, and expert in issues relating to women’s health, life issues, the new feminism, Catholicism, and culture)
- Dr. Charmaine Yoest, PhD (President & CEO of Americans United for Life)
Visit the conference website for additional information on speakers, to view the schedule, and to register to participate in this important event.
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