Hastings Center President Discusses "Bioethics on the Front Page," Feb. 11

Event: Thomas Murray, president of the Hastings Center will present "Bioethics on the Front Page: How the Hastings Center Works to Enrich Public Understanding and Public Policy," as part of the John P. McGovern Centennial Award Lectureship in Health Communication.

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to Wade Lee, 512-232-5466.

When: 3 p.m., Feb. 11.

Where: Amphitheatre 204 in the ATandT Executive Education and Conference Center, 1900 University Ave., on The University of Texas at Austin campus. Paid parking is available in the ATandT Center garage. Maps are available online.

Background: Prior to taking the helm at the Hastings Center, Murray was the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, where he also was the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics. He is a founding editor of the journal Medical Humanities Review, and is on the editorial boards of numerous medical publications. He has testified before many Congressional committees and is the author of more than 200 publications. His most recent book is "The Worth of a Child."

The Hastings Center is an independent, nonpartisan and nonprofit bioethics research institute that works to address fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine and the environment as they affect individuals, communities and societies.

The John P. McGovern Lecture was established in the College of Communication in 1983 by a gift from the John P. McGovern Foundation. The endowed lectureship enables the College to invite a leading figure in communication to deliver a lecture related to health policy or the practice of health communication.

John P. McGovern, M.D., was a celebrated physician, educator, author, medical historian, philosopher, philanthropist and humanitarian based in Houston. According to the American Medical Association, he was "one of the giants in American medicine." His international reputation in various fields was reflected in honorary degrees from 30 colleges and universities. He died in 2007.