Medical Ethicist To Lecture April 2

March 30, 2001

Dr. Richard Zaner, the Ann Geddes Stahlman Professor of Medical Ethics and professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University, will speak at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 2, in the Barfield Drawing Room at the Bill Daniel Student Center on the Baylor University campus. The lecture is sponsored by Baylor's philosophy department.

Zaner, a renowned medical ethicist, received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the University of Houston and his master's and doctorate degrees from the New School of Social Research. Prior to joining the Vanderbilt faculty in 1981, he held teaching positions at Lamar University, the University of Texas at Austin and Southern Methodist University, where he served as chair of the philosophy department. At Vanderbilt, he also serves as Clinical Ethics Consultant for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and professor of ethics for the graduate department of religion and the Divinity School.

He is the author of several books, book chapters and articles, including The Context of Self: A Phenomenological Inquiry Using Medicine as a Clue, Ethics and the Clinical Encounter and Troubled Voices: Stories of Ethics and Illness, which was selected as one of the Outstanding Academic Books of 1994. He also has served on the editorial boards for the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Human Studies, Journal of the Philosophy of Sports, among others.

Zaner's lecture is in honor of Dr. Kay Toombs, associate professor of philosophy at Baylor, upon her retirement. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, call the department of philosophy at 710-3368.

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