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UTD Cecil Lecture Series to Feature Dr. Daniel Callahan
Dr. Daniel Callahan To Give Talk On April 23

Dr. Daniel Callahan

Dr. Daniel Callahan

The popular Andrew R. Cecil Lecture Series will
continue at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) this month with a talk by Dr. Daniel Callahan, director of international programs at The Hastings Center in Garrison, N.Y., about what Callahan calls a “clash of values” – the often competing tensions between medical progress and health care costs.

In his lecture, which he will deliver Tuesday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in UTD’s Conference Center Auditorium, Callahan will raise basic ethical questions about the nature of medical progress and what is good for society.

Callahan, who will be present at a reception immediately following his talk, is co-founder of The Hastings Center, the oldest independent and nonpartisan interdisciplinary research institute of its kind in the world. The Hastings Center addresses fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine and the environment as they affect individuals, communities and societies.

Callahan previously served as the organization’s director and president from 1969 to 1996. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine within the National Academy of Sciences and is member of the Director’s Advisory Committee at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he also is a member of its ethics committee. Most recently, Callahan served as an advisor to President George W. Bush on the topic of stem cell research. Callahan holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Harvard University and a B.A. from Yale University.

About the Andrew R. Cecil Lecture Series

In 1979, The University of Texas at Dallas established the lecture series in collaboration with Dr. Andrew R. Cecil, a Distinguished Scholar in Residence at UTD. Cecil delivered the first lecture in November 1979 and spoke in each subsequent series until his death in 1996.

The lectures are a reflection of the interests of Cecil, including his moral reasoning, philosophical principles, commitment to justice and freedom, love for education, search for political and religious reasoning and quest for a better understanding of universal ethical values.

In the 23 years since Cecil’s first lecture, UTD has invited to its campus scholars, business professionals, public officials and other notable individuals to share their ideas about themes related to those subjects with the academic community and the general public.

All Cecil Lectures are free and open to the public. For additional information, please call (972) 883-2590.

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