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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"It's a Girl" Screening with Reggie Littlejohn


Location: Hesburgh Center Auditorium

The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives welcomes Reggie Littlejohn who will screen the documentary, "It's a Girl" onTuesday, April 7 at 2:00pm in the Hesburgh Center Auditorium. Ms. Littlejohn is the founder of Women's Rights Without Frontiers, an international coalition dedicated to opposing forced abortion, gender-selective abortion, and sexual slavery in China. She was also instrumental in the international effort to free blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who arrived in the United States. …

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“Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity & Human Rights in Contemporary China”


Location: McKenna Hall Auditorium

The Office of Human Dignity & Life Initiatives presents theHuman Dignity Lecture, Spring 2015. The speaker isChinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng who will talk on  “Interpreting Reform: Human Dignity & Human Rights in Contemporary China.”  This lecture will take place on April 7 at 7:30pm in the McKenna Hall Auditorium.…

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Spring 2015 Schmitt Lecture- "William Harvey and the Circulatory System"


Location: McKenna 100


Join us for our Spring 2015 Arthur J. Schmitt Lecture, "William Harvey and the Circulatory System," to be delivered by Nicholas Maistrellis on Wednesday, April 8, at 4 p.m. in McKenna 100. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the McKenna Atrium.

Nicholas Maistrellis is a tutor at St. John's College. He was a university fellow in the department of History of Science at the University of Wisconsin.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Natural Human Embryonic Mortality: How Much Do We Really Know?


Location: 202 McKenna Hall

Science influences ethics and policy-making. For example, a high incidence of embryo loss in the earliest stage of pregnancy is commonly used as a contributory justification for the intentional or foreseen loss of human embryos in fertility treatment and laboratory experimentation. However, establishing the natural fate of embryos during the first week post-fertilisation is challenging, and hampered by a lack of appropriate data. Many scientific sources are claimed to justify embryo mortality rates of 75% and higher. These include speculative calculations, demographic analyses, biochemical data and the unique anatomical studies of Dr Arthur Hertig. However, a critical re-evaluation of these data casts doubt on quantitative conclusions that are often repeated, and occasionally exaggerated, by both scientists and ethicists. In this talk Dr Gavin Jarvis, a pharmacologist from the University of Cambridge, will introduce and present those studies which provide the evidential basis for claims about early human embryo mortality, and highlight the effects that a misunderstanding of this issue may have on ethics and science alike.

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