Thursday, February 25th, 8pm, Rose Hills Theatre
Given the perpetual nature of the debate over abortion in the United States waged between two equally impassioned and highly partisan sides, the PSU has decided to approach the topic of abortion in an event this spring. Abortion is a sensitive issue that permanently remains on the national stage, whether as a litmus test in the elections of public officials, discussed in its own right, or within the context of contemporary legislation, such as the most recent controversy over its inclusion in health care reform efforts in Congress. The PSU believes that this staple of contemporary politics merits thoughtful consideration through an event on campus. While the consensus on campus has settled in favor of reproductive rights, the issue of abortion nonetheless features prominently in American politics and has not lost its potential to inflame opinions in the greater public. To address this controversial topic, the PSU has invited two prominent academics to take part in a debate. The event will investigate the topic of abortion through moral and ethical perspectives to illuminate the deep-rooted philosophical arguments of the pro-choice and pro-life movements. It will take place February 25th in Rose Hills Theatre on the campus of Pomona College.
Dr. Patrick Lee is the John N. and Jamie D. McAleer Professor of Bioethics at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Director of the Institute of Bioethics. His best-known book, Abortion and Unborn Human Life, is a comprehensive examination of the moral and ethical foundations of the pro-life position. He also authored Body-Self Dualism in Contemporary Ethics and Politics, and has published numerous articles on such philosophical and ethical topics as human nature, marriage, abortion, euthanasia, and metaphysics. His articles have been published in The National Review, Reason Magazine, The New Atlantic, The Public Discourse, and he regularly delivers lectures at universities across the country.
Professor David Boonin is Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches on applied ethics, ethical theory, and the history of ethics. He is the author of A Defense of Abortion and The Problem of Punishment, as well as a number of articles spanning a wide range of topics, including same-sex marriage, euthanasia, the moral status of animals, race, affirmative action, and hate speech. He has published articles in Public Affairs Quarterly, Philosophy and Public Affairs, Environmental Ethics, the Journal of Applied Philosophy, and the Journal of Social Philosophy, and is the co-editor of a popular philosophy textbook.