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Orr Speaker to Address Humanity in High-Tech World

Posted: March 27, 2014

The Orr Forum on Religion will culminate with two main lectures by Orr Scholar Laurie S. Zoloth on April 2 and 3 in the Brooks Science Complex auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE:
March 25, 2014
CONTACT: David True, Associate Professor of Religion
Phone: 717-264-4141, Ext. 3396
Email: david.true@wilson.edu

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The Wilson College annual Orr Forum on Religion will culminate with two main lectures by Orr Scholar Laurie S. Zoloth on April 2 and 3 in the Brooks Science Complex auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public.

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, Zoloth, president of the American Academy of Religion, will present “Ordinary Talk about Ordinary Trouble: Bioethics, Faith and Decisions at the End of Life,” an examination of some of the hardest decisions in bioethics — pediatric end-of-life choices. Using a case study, she and the audience will discuss the power and meaning of faith in conditions of uncertainty and explore the limits of advanced medical technology — what they are and what they should be.

Zoloth’s second lecture, to be held at 9 a.m. April 3 in the Brooks auditorium, is called “Utopia is a Lot of Work: Freedom, Responsibility and Medical Research.” Zoloth will explore some of the remarkable possibilities that have been created by medical research, including new capacities for reproductive technologies that change the way we think about families, ultimately asking, “What makes this technology good?”

In addition, Zoloth will speak at Wilson’s regular Wednesday chapel service in Thomson Hall from noon to 12:30 p.m. on April 2. Her presentation, entitled “The Song of the Leper,” will explore Leviticus 12-15, about healing in impossible situations. The service is also open to the public.

Zoloth is professor of religious studies, and bioethics and medical humanities, and director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society at Northwestern University. From 1995 to 2003, she was professor of ethics and director of the Jewish studies program at San Francisco State University. Zoloth, a former member of the nation’s highest civilian advisory board for NASA, is a recipient of the NASA Public Service Medal. She is co-chair of the American Academy of Religion's Section on Women and Religion and a member of the Society for Scriptural Reasoning.

The Orr Forum has been examining the effects of technology on humanity through a series of speakers beginning last fall.

For more information, visit www.wilson.edu/orrforum or contact David True at david.true@wilson.edu.

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a private, coeducational liberal arts college offering bachelor’s degrees in 25 majors and master’s degrees in education, the humanities and accountancy. Wilson is committed to providing an affordable education that offers value to its students beyond graduation.

Located in Chambersburg, Pa., the college had a fall 2013 enrollment of 662, which includes students from 20 states and 14 countries. Visit www.wilson.edu for more information.

Last Updated: March 27, 2014