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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 the topic.

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 Critics"
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"