Media Advisory: Carnegie Mellon Humanities Center Lecture
Focuses on "Global Health and the Global Economic Crisis"
Event: Solomon R. Benatar, an emeritus professor of medicine and director of the Bioethics Centre at the University of Cape Town, and a professor at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health, will speak about "Global Health and the Global Economic Crisis" at the sixth and final talk of Carnegie Mellon University's 2009-10 Humanities Center Lecture Series on "Global Connections, Global Responsibilities."
Benatar says the world is at a critical juncture in terms of understanding and attempting to counteract the adverse effects of modern life on climate change and the natural environment, which has major health implications. "If the growing worldwide interest and apparent commitment to global health and environmental security are to have a significant constructive impact, it will be necessary for us to become more deeply introspective about our value system and reconsider what needs to be done to ensure long-term human flourishing in an interdependent world," he said. Benatar proposes that the current belief in endless economic growth and emphasis on a profit-driven medical approach should be replaced by a vision of healthy human life that is achievable and sustainable for a greater proportion of the world's population.
The lecture series, sponsored by Carnegie Mellon's Humanities Center, the Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy, and the Global Studies Program, focuses on the gap between affluent and economically challenged countries and their influence on one another. The lectures are free and open to the public.
When: 4:30-6 p.m., Thursday, April 8. Reception will follow.
Where: Porter Hall 100, Carnegie Mellon University.
For more information, visit http://www.hss.cmu.edu/humanitiescenter/.