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CCU visiting lecturer to discuss ethics of cybernetics

February 9, 2010

Craig M. Klugman, Ph.D., of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics in San Antonio, Texas, will give a talk titled The Human Cyborg: Science Fiction Meets Modern at a lecture at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11 at Coastal Carolina University.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Recital Hall of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. The event is part of CCUs Nancy Smith Distinguished Visiting Lecturer Series.

Klugman will explore the medical reality of implantable human devices, define the notion of the cyborg, and draw on the art of science fiction to explore ethical dilemmas of human bionics.

Klugman is an associate professor and assistant director for ethics education at the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio. He holds a doctorate in the medical humanities from the University of Texas Medical Branch, master's degrees in medical anthropology and in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, as well as a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University.

Klugman has conducted research on end-of-life issues, public health ethics, rural health care ethics, and the social role of bioethics. He has taught courses on ethics, bioethics, health ethics, research ethics, public health ethics, literature and medicine and clinical ethics at undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. He has published and presented papers both nationally and internationally. He co-edited "Ethical Issues in Rural Health Care," published by Johns Hopkins Press in October, 2008.