Louis Finkelstein Institute Authors Forum to Address “What Does Human Personhood Mean in an Age of Sex Selection, Cloning, and Gene Therapy?”

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January 29, 2009, New York, NY

“What Does Human Personhood Mean in an Age of Sex Selection, Cloning, and Gene Therapy?” will be the focus of a discussion at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 11, at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), 3080 Broadway (at 122nd Street), New York City.

The featured speaker will be Eric Cohen, the author of In the Shadow of Progress: Being Human in an Age of Biotechnology and director of the Tikvah Fund, a foundation devoted to promoting Jewish ideas and culture. He will be joined by Dr. Josephine Johnston, a research scholar at the Hastings Center for Bioethics. The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan, and nonprofit bioethics research institute whose mission is to address fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and the environment as they affect individuals, communities, and societies.

The program is the second in a three-part series, “Authors Forum: The Ethics of Health Care, Biotechnology, and the Practice of Medicine,” sponsored by the Louis Finkelstein Institute for Religious and Social Studies of JTS. The series will conclude on Thursday, March 12, when Jonathan Imber, author of Trusting Doctors: The Decline of Moral Authority in American Medicine and professor of Ethics and Sociology at Wellesley College, will explore the question “Have Doctors Lost Their Authority in American Culture?” Dr. Nancy Berlinger of the Hastings Center for Bioethics will respond.

Since 1938, the Finkelstein Institute has maintained an innovative interfaith and intergroup relations program that advances dialogue among diverse communities about matters of public significance.

Admission is free; reservations are required. For further information or to RVSP, please call (212) 280-6093 or email. Attendees are requested to have photo IDs available and arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the program to allow sufficient time for registration.