Bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe to Speak at Fall Convocation
The Fall Convocation for the College, Comenius Center and Moravian Theological Seminary, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 12. Fall Convocation combines both a “welcome-to-the-term” event with a major speaker. It is a time to gather as a campus community to celebrate the start of a new academic year and the arrival of enthusiastic students, and to recognize academic achievement. Each year, the Fall Convocation Cohen keynote speaker is chosen based on the focus of the year’s thematic programming IN FOCUS.
The Cohen keynote speaker for both the Convocation and Symposium is chosen based on the focus of the year’s thematic programming which is extend to other campus events, lectures, class discussions, and films throughout the entire academic year.
The 2013-2014 Cohen keynote speaker will be Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D., bioethicist, sociologist, educator, writer and researcher. He will present the Cohen keynote address “Re-Creation: The Biotechnological Restructuring of Life.” Wolpe is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics, the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, a Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Wolpe examines the ethical implications of new science ̶ genetic modification, neuroscience and other breakthroughs that stretch our current philosophy to the breaking point. He's the first senior bioethicist at NASA, among other appointments.
The annual Comenius Center Graduate Symposium on Wednesday, Sept. 11, provides a forum for graduate students from the MBA, MS in Human Resource Management, Master of Education, and MS Nursing programs to network and learn more about a common cross-disciplinary theme. In keeping with the last three years, the Cohen speaker provides the lecture at this symposium. Dr. Wolpe will be presenting “Building Better Brains: How Neuroscience is Altering Human Functioning.” Seating for this program is limited and tickets will be required. The lecture will be 6 to 7 p.m. in Foy Hall.
The annual campus-wide Fall Convocation, followed by a campus lunch, will be held on Thursday morning, Sept. 12, in Johnston Hall. The Convocation prelude, followed by the faculty and staff processional begins at 10 a.m. The formal program will begin at 10:30 a.m.; however please encourage your students and staff to arrive at Johnston Hall by 10 in order to be seated for the processional.
Non-essential offices will be closed (including the library) during the Convocation, and lunch will not be served until its conclusion; however, the Blue and Grey Café will remain open. An all-campus lunch will be held immediately after the Convocation.
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