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Stem Cell Research, it’s Ethical and Political Implications, Subject of Debate at Pomona College

The Pomona Student Union at Pomona College will present a debate by leading experts on the ethical and political implications of expanded stem cell research on Thursday, November 17, at 8 p.m.

The two participants are nationally recognized experts on bioethics and stem cell policy:

  • Hank T. Greely is a professor at Stanford University School of Law specializing in bioscience ethics and law. At Stanford he is the director of the Center for Law and Biosciences and co-director of the Program on Genomics, Ethics, and Society. He also serves as the ethics chair for the Human Genome Diversity Project and is the chair of the Steering Committee for the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics.
  • Wesley J. Smith is an attorney and the author of 11 books, most recently a Consumer’s Guide to a Brave New World (2004) and Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America (2002). He is an international public speaker and is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute. His writing and opinion columns have appeared in Newsweek, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and National Review. He is a special consultant to the Center for Bioethics and Culture. National Journal named Smith one of the nation’s top thinkers in bioengineering because of his work on bioethics.

The debate is sponsored by the Pomona Student Union, a non-partisan student organization dedicated to "raising the level of honest and open dialogue on campus. By helping students become more knowledgeable and better informed on the political and social issues that confront our society, we create informed citizens to better serve us all.” In addition to bringing in speakers, the Pomona Student Union sponsors student and faculty debates and panels, as well as informal social events structured around current events.

The event is open to the public and will be held in Pomona College Smith Campus Center, Edmunds Ballroom, 170 E. Sixth St., Claremont. There is no charge to attend. For more information, call (909) 607-6622.

Pomona College, one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offers a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.