Panel Discussion To Focus On Bioethics And Frankenstein

Oct. 30, 2003

Four Baylor University faculty members will discuss the bioethical issues in Mary Shelley's classic "Frankenstein" at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 3, in Barfield Drawing Room at the Bill Daniel Student Center. "Playing with Fire: The Frankenstein Myth through the Ages" coincides with the traveling exhibit on Frankenstein that is on display in Moody Memorial Library.

"In Mary Shelley's 'Frankenstein,' Victor Frankenstein gives life to a creature and then abandons his creation," said Amy Ferguson, chair of the panel discussion. "Today, scientists face actual bioethical and medical ethics issues, such as cloning, genetically-modified food and cross-species organ transplantation. In 'Frankenstein,' Shelley provides us a framework from which we can consider such issues."

Dr. Dan McGee, professor of religion, will serve as moderator for the discussion. Panelists include Dr. Michael Attas, director of the medical humanities program and a Waco cardiologist; Dr. Jay Losey, associate professor of English; and Dr. Lenore Wright, assistant professor in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core.

The panel discussion in sponsored by the Baylor Libraries and Alpha Epsilon Delta, a pre-medical and pre-dental honor society. The event is free and open to the public.

The Frankenstein traveling exhibition is sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the American Library Association with funding the National Endowment for the Humanities and the NLM. For more information, contact Kathy Hillman at 710-6684 or Janet Sheets at 710-2335 or visit .

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