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“Human Rights and Bioethics: Curb Your Enthusiasm”

Professor John Arras from the University of Virginia presented the seventh annual Matthew Vandivier Sims Memorial Lecture, entitled “Human Rights and Bioethics: Curb Your Enthusiasm,” on April 3, 2008. Arras is the Porterfield Professor of Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where he created and directs the Undergraduate Program in Bioethics. In his presentation, Professor Arras addressed issues involved in genetic enhancement and human rights and how human rights and access to health care are related.

The Matthew Vandivier Sims Memorial Lecture was created in memory of Matthew, who died in infancy. It is presented annually by the Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and the American Institutions and the Matthew Vandivier Sims Memorial Lecture Fund.

In addition to this web streaming, the lecture was recorded by Community Access Television Station (CATS) of Bloomington and is available for viewing by request. This audio stream was produced by the IU Division of Broadcast and Electronic Media in the Office of the Vice President for Public Affairs and Government Relations.

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