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Sep 6, 2006    #137
Contact: Noemi Rojas, public relations
(816) 235-1520

Alzheimer’s is topic of lecture Sept. 13 Admission is free, but reservation required

Professor and author Stephen G. Post, Ph.D., will be keynote speaker at a lecture about the moral challenge of Alzheimer’s disease. The program will happen at 7 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th Street.

Post is a professor in the Department of Bioethics at the Case School of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University. He is editor-in-chief of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics, 3rd edition, and president of the Institute for Research on Unlimited Love, which was founded in 2001 to facilitate scientific research, writing, conferences, and course teaching on unselfish love at the interface of science and spirituality. He is the author of more than 150 articles in peer-review journals across the sciences, religion and ethics.

The lecture, titled “The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease: Respect and Compassion for the Deeply Forgetful,” is being presented by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education, in partnership with the Center for Practical Bioethics.

The lecture will examine questions such as: “Does the fact of this loss diminish their human dignity? Do they lose moral standing under the protective umbrella of 'do no harm' because they are living in the pure present? What might people with dementia reveal to us about our moral nature?

The program is free and open to the public, but to reserve a spot, call the UMKC Central Ticket Office at (816) 235-6222.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health and life sciences, and urban affairs.

This information is available to people with speech or hearing impairments by calling Relay Missouri at (800) 735-2966 (TT) or (800) 735-2466 (voice).

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