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Release date:
March 28, 2001
Contact: Elaine Justice, Assistant Director, 404-727-0643, or

Emory Science & Religion Forum Examines Prolonging Life

WHAT: "Science and Religion: Perspectives on Death and Prolonging Life," second annual Burke Nicholson Interdisciplinary Forum at Emory University
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 7, 2001
WHERE: Winship Ballroom, Dobbs University Center, 605 Asbury Circle, Emory
COST: Free. Registration is requested. Call 404-727-4641 or e-mail

Health care professionals and religious lay and clergy leaders are invited to this half-day forum on the implications of prolonging life for those who in the past might have perished.

"Many children who might have died from diseases such as sickle-cell anemia, cystic fibrosis and Tay Sachs now have their lives prolonged, though for many it is a life of suffering and difficulties," says forum organizer Gary Laderman, associate professor of religion at Emory. Similarly, children born prematurely now have the opportunity to survive, though again it is often at tremendous costs.

"The forum will look at the cultural, religious and ethical implications when society must address these and related questions," Laderman says.

Speakers include medical, legal, science and ethics experts: Michael Okun, Emory School of Medicine; Kathryn Kinlaw, Emory Ethics Center; Howard Kushner, Emory Science and Society Program; Abdullahi An-Na'im, Emory University School of Law; Christi Deaton, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing; Arri Eisen, Emory Department of Biology; and Geshe Lobsang Negi, Emory Institute of Liberal Arts.

The forum includes continental breakfast and lunch. Preregistration is requested by calling 404-727-4641, or e-mailing

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