- A renowned authority on the ethics of human cloning will kick
off The University of Southern Mississippi's popular University
Forum fall 2003 lecture series, the first of five presentations
on a variety of topics.
Pence will present "Who's Afraid of Human Cloning?" at
7 p.m. Sept. 9 at Bennett Auditorium on the university's Hattiesburg
campus. Pence is a medical ethicist in the University of Alabama
at Birmingham's School of Medicine and Department of Philosophy,
where he has been a member of the faculty for more than 25 years.
Dr. Pence teaches
courses in philosophy and medical ethics and has received his university's
highest teaching award, the Ingalls Award. He has published numerous
books, including "Who's Afraid of Human Cloning?" (1997)
and "Brave New Bioethics" (2003). An outspoken commentator
on the ethics of cloning, Dr. Pence was one of only a few bioethicists
in the country to oppose President Bill Clinton's ban on human cloning.
He has testified on cloning before the House of Representatives
and has published articles in the New York Times, the Wall Street
Journal and other well-known media outlets. Dr. Pence is a graduate
of the College of William and Mary and New York University, where
he received his doctorate in 1974.
Forum this fall will host a range of exceptional speakers, all
of whom will address timely subjects," said Dr. Amy Chasteen
Miller, director of University Forum. "The lectures will cover
topics as diverse as the ethics of cloning, human rights today,
and the role of stress in human health. I'm very pleased with the
outstanding quality of speakers lined up for this fall, and I hope
that the university and local community will come and take advantage
of the opportunity to hear these people speak."
will serve as University Forum director until the middle of the
fall semester, and then turn over director duties to Southern Miss
history professor Dr. Andrew Wiest.
Forum presentations to follow include:
Shapiro & Smith Dance, "Where Do Ideas Come From?"
and Smith Dance was established in 1987 and has enjoyed enthusiastic
receptions for performances and residencies across the United States,
in Europe, Asia, and Canada. Presented by major festivals and venues,
including The Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center Out-Of-Doors, Britt
Festivals, Festival di Milano, the Korean International Festival
and the RuhrFestSpiele, the company has garnered praise from critics
and audiences alike. Shapiro and Smith's work has been commissioned
by companies as diverse as the Alvin Ailey American Dance theater;
the Alvin Ailey Repertory Ensemble; Phoenix Dance Company of Leeds,
UK; Diversions Dance Company of Cardiff, Wales; and the PACT Dance
Company in Pretoria, South Africa. Shapiro and Smith have built
international reputations as teachers. They have taught their unique
blend of dance and athleticism at major international festivals
and set repertory for 50 college and university dance programs throughout
the United States.
Dr. William Schulz, "Terror, Torment, and Tyranny: The State
of Human Rights Today." Dr. Schulz has served as executive
director of Amnesty International (USA) since March 1994. He came
to Amnesty after serving for 15 years with the Unitarian Universalist
Association of Congregations, where he was involved in a wide variety
of international and social justice causes. He has served on the
boards of People for the American Way, Planned Parenthood Federation
of America, and Americans United for the Separation of Church and
State, among others. He is currently a member of the International
Advisory Committee for the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
His most recent book, In Our Own Best Interests: How Defending Human
Rights Benefits Us All, argues that human rights ought to be worthy
of support because they are both morally compelling and in our best
interests from the point of view of national security and economic
growth. He has appeared frequently on radio and television, including
"20/20," "Good Morning America," "Politically
Incorrect," and "Larry King Live." Dr. Schultz is
a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Oberlin College, holds a master's degree
in philosophy from the University of Chicago, and a doctor of ministry
degree from Meadville/Lombard Theological School at the University
Dr. Rita Colwell, "Meeting Society's Needs: Science in a New
Era." Rita Colwell is the director of the National Science
Foundation. She has spearheaded the agency's emphases in K-12 science
and mathematics education, graduate science and engineering education/training,
and the increased participation of women and minorities in science
and engineering. Under her leadership, the foundation has received
significant budget increases, and its funding recently reached a
level of more than $4.8 billion. Dr. Colwell has held many advisory
positions at the federal government level, with nonprofit science
policy organizations and private foundations as well as in the international
scientific research community. She is a nationally respected scientist
and educator and has authored or co-authored 16 books and more than
600 scientific publications. She produced the award-winning film
"Invisible Seas" and has served on editorial boards of
numerous scientific journals. Dr. Colwell holds a bachelor's degree
in bacteriology and a master's degree in genetics from Purdue University,
and a doctorate in oceanography from the University of Washington.
Dr. Robert Sapolsky, "Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers: Stress,
Disease and Coping." Dr. Sapolsky has been called "one
of the best scientist-writers of our time." Born in 1957, Dr.
Sapolsky is a MacArthur "Genius" Fellow, a professor of
biology and neurology at Stanford University, and a research associate
with the Institute of Primate Research, National Museums of Kenya.
His engaging and lively speaking and writing styles have led The
New York Times to write, "If you crossed Jane Goodall with
a borscht belt comedian, she might have written a book like A Primate's
Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons."
As a boy in New York City, Sapolsky wanted to live in one of the
dioramas at the Museum of Natural History. One week after graduating
from Harvard in the mid-1970s, he got his chance: He went to Kenya
to study the social behavior in baboons. This research culminated
in his award-winning book. He also is the author of Why Zebras Don't
Get Ulcers, which explores stress and the origins of stress-related
diseases. Dr. Sapolsky's articles have appeared in numerous publications,
including Discover and The New Yorker.
Forum is a special series of lectures and programs open without
charge to all students, faculty, staff and area residents. It is
sponsored each fall and spring by the Southern Miss Honors College.
All programs are scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday evenings in Bennett
Auditorium. For more information, call (601) 266-5762.