Coastal Carolina University professor Philip Schneider will discuss various ethical issues, including genetics, cloning and cell therapy, in a lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., titled "The Ethics of Genetic Meddling: Stem Cells, Human Embryos, Cloning and All That!"
The free lecture, scheduled as a part of the university's "Cultural Controversies" series, will be held in Coastal's Waccamaw Higher Education Center at 160 Willbrook Blvd., west of U.S. 17 next to the Hampton Inn in Litchfield. The public is welcome to attend.
"Cultural Controversies" is the fourth such series sponsored by the Board of Visitors of Coastal's Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. These community dialogues are designed to involve area citizens and Coastal faculty members in discussions about significant issues.
"Advances in medical technology continue to create new ethical challenges for us individually as well as for our society," Schneider said. "Not the least of these challenges involves the technology of human reproduction."
Schneider will address some popular issues in the scientific community and also discuss recent medical breakthroughs. He will also lead an interactive session on the morals and ethics that are affecting the future and present in the field.
Schneider, associate professor of philosophy and religion, has been a member of the Coastal faculty since 1994 and a member of the faculty senate since 1995. He founded Coastal's medical ethics program and teaches courses in Bio-Medical Ethics. He serves as ethics adviser to the Conway Medical Center and Georgetown Memorial Hospital ethics committees. Schneider earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics, engineering physics and philosophy from Cornell University in 1961 and a Ph.D. in philosophy and statistics from Duke University in 1968. Schneider has also worked as an adjunct professor of logic and philosophy at George Mason University, an adjunct associate professor of philosophy at Northern Virginia Community College and an adjunct assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Virginia.