CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: February 25, 1999
UI School of Religion hosts seminars on religion, medicine
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa School of Religion will hold
a week long seminar series starting Monday, March 1 to discuss American
and Eastern approaches to bioethical issues.
The keynote speaker in the series is William LaFleur, a professor of
Japanese studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He will deliver a free
public lecture, "Humankind's Medical Bomb: Hiroshima, Bioethics, and
the Heuristics of Fear," Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in W151 Pappajohn
Business Administration Building. LaFleur's presentation is part of the
UI School of Religion Spring semester lecture series, "Life, Death,
and the Spirit."
LaFleur has studied medical ethics in Japanese culture for many years
and is currently working on a book about religious choice in Japan's debates
over organ transplantation. He has taught courses on the conjunction of
medicine and religion in Japanese culture and has spoken frequently on
In addition to the evening lecture, the school will host afternoon seminars
Monday through Friday, March 1-5. Each seminar is free and open to the
public and will be held from 12:30-2:30 p.m. in S401 Pappajohn Business
Administration Building. For more information, contact the UI School of
Religion, (319) 335-2164.
Following is a schedule of seminar topics:
Monday, March 1: "Illness, Religion, and Medicine: Japan's Traditions"
Tuesday, March 2: "Abortion and Religion: Japan's Approach and its
Wednesday, March 3: "Buddhism in Japanese Mental Health Therapies"
Thursday, March 4: "Religion and Organ Transplants: Japan's Big Debate"
Friday, March 5: "Quality of Death and Quantity of Life Issues"