Science, Ethics and Human Rights Conference at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – The Human Rights Institute and the College of Natural, Applied and Health Sciences at Kean University will hold a conference, Science, Ethics and Human Rights: Maintaining a moral compass in a rapidly changing world, on Thursday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in Kean Hall, Room 127, located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J.

Keynote speaker Dr. James F. Childress, professor of ethics and medical education at the University of Virginia School of Law, will discuss Respecting Clinicians' Conscience, Protecting Patients Interests: An Unresolved Conflict in American Health Care. Keynote speaker Mark Belinsky, president and co-founder of Digital Democracy, will discuss iGrenade: The Potential for Creation and Destruction with New Technologies. There will also be an interactive panel of Kean University students discussing biomedical ethics. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Dawn Worley at 908.737-3600 or

Childress is a philosopher, theologian and author concerned with ethics, particularly biomedical and political ethics. He is the John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Ethics at the University of Virginia. He is also professor of medical education and directs the University of Virginia's Institute for Practical Ethics. Childress was vice chair of the national Task Force on Organ Transplantation. He has served on the Board of Directors of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS), the UNOS Ethics Committee, the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, the Human Gene Therapy Subcommittee, the Biomedical Ethics Advisory Committee, and several Data and Safety Monitoring Boards for National Institutes of Health clinical trials. From 1996 to 2001, he served on the presidential-appointed National Bioethics Advisory Commission. He is a fellow of the Hastings Center, an independent bioethics research institution. Childress holds a B.A. from Guilford College, a B.D. from Yale Divinity School, and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University.

Belinsky is the president and co-founder of Digital Democracy, a non-profit that works on technology for human rights around the world. He has been working in technology, media and civil society for more than five years, with projects extending from Europe, the Middle-East and the Caucasus to South and Southeast Asia, Southern Africa and the U.S.A. In addition, Belinsky consults on new media strategy and produces documentary films with his company New Words Media. In 2003, he helped found and develop Bem, a youth action center in Armenia that serves as a platform for youth to build an active civil society through technology, art and media for free-expression. Belinsky graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in Sociology and Film & Media Studies.

The mission of the Human Rights Institute at Kean University is to raise awareness of human rights violations worldwide and to inspire action to combat injustices worldwide. The Human Rights Institute sponsors a broad range of activities, including seminars and conferences, and works with school districts to produce curricula and materials for students. The M.A. in Holocaust & Genocide Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that specifically studies the Holocaust, anti-Semitism, other Genocides and atrocities that human beings commit against each others.

Founded in 1855, Kean University has become one of the largest metropolitan institutions of higher education in the region, boasting a richly diverse student, faculty and staff population. Kean continues to play a key role in the training of teachers and is a hub of educational, technological and cultural enrichment, offering more than 50 undergraduate degrees and more than 45 options leading to a master's degree, doctorate, professional diploma and/or state certification(s). Five undergraduate colleges and the Nathan Weiss Graduate College now serve more than 15,000 students.

Millie Gonzalez
April 25, 2011

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