Press Release for Thursday, January 6, 2005

Lecture Tackles End-of-life Issues

Jan. 6, 2005
Contact Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

Lecture Tackles End-of-life Issues

JACKSONVILLE -- Debate continues around the world on the ethics of physician-assisted suicide, and the University of North Florida’s first Distinguished Voices lecture of 2005 will take a look at the controversial issue.

Dr. Tom Beauchamp, a professor of philosophy and a Senior Research Scholar in Georgetown University's Kennedy Institute of Ethics, will speak Thursday, Jan. 27, at 7:30 p.m. in the University Center on the UNF campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Beauchamp's research interests are in Hume and the history of modern philosophy and practical ethics, especially biomedical ethics and business ethics.

Beauchamp joined the staff of the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research and 1976 and was instrumental in the creation of the Belmont Report, which is a basic reference document for the protection of human subjects.

His books include “Principles of Biomedical Ethics” with James F. Childress, “The History and Theory of Informed Consent” with Ruth Faden and “Ethical Issues in Death and Dying” with Robert M. Veatch.

In addition to his academic work, Beauchamp was appointed in 1999 to the board of the nonprofit group Compassion in Dying.

For a complete list of Distinguished Voices lectures at UNF that are free and open to the public, visit and click on the Distinguished Voices link.

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