Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

16th Conference on Bioethical Issues

Conference on Bioethical Issues

Registration for this event is now closed.

Oct. 25-26, 2012

Thursday evening October 25 and all day Friday, October 26, on the campus of Mount Vernon Nazarene University.


We are in the midst of a major cultural shift regarding bioethics as questions regarding abortion, assisted suicide, cloning, environmental stewardship, euthanasia, genomics, human embryonic stem cell research, reproductive technologies, and resource allocation now permeate the culture.

Because Christians need to learn biblical responses to these tough issues, Mount Vernon Nazarene University is sponsoring the 16th Conference on Bioethical Issues on Thursday and Friday, October 25-26, 2012. This year's conference will focus on the fundamental issues in bioethics, with a view toward developing a worldview that results in a plan of action. This format will again include a combination of keynote presentations, small group discussions, and question and answer sessions.

Special Guest

Our keynote speaker this year is Wesley J. Smith, J.D., a Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute, a consultant to the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture. Smith left the full time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. Smith has published hundreds of articles and opinion columns on issues such as the importance of being human (human exceptionalism), assisted suicide, bioethics, the morality of human cloning, the dangers of the animal rights movement, the anti-human elements in radical environmentalism, legal ethics, medical ethics, and public affairs. His writing has appeared nationally and internationally, including in Newsweek, New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, The Weekly Standard, National Review, The Age (Australia), The Telegraph (United Kingdom), Western Journal of Medicine, and the American Journal of Bioethics. He has also been published in regional publications throughout the United States and internationally in newspapers in the UK, Italy, Australia, and Canada.

He is the author or coauthor of eleven books, including A Rat is a Pig is a Dog is a Boy: The Human Cost of the Animal Rights Movement, Forced Exit: Euthanasia, Assisted Suicide and the New Duty to Die, Culture of Death: The Assault on Medical Ethics in America, and Consumer's Guide to a Brave New World. He formerly collaborated with Ralph Nader, co-authoring four books with consumer advocate. In addition, Smith co-authored (with Eric M. Chevlen, MD), Power Over Pain: How to Get the Pain Control You Need. In May 2004, because of his work in bioethics, he was named by the National Journal as one of the nation's top expert thinkers in bioengineering. In 2008, the Human Life Foundation named him a Great Defender of Life for his work against assisted suicide and euthanasia.

Throughout his career in public advocacy, Smith has appeared on thousands of television and radio talk/interview programs, as well as nationally syndicated radio programs, and internationally on Voice of America, CNN International, and programs originating in Great Britain (BBC), Australia (ABC), Canada (CBC), Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Germany, China, and Mexico. He also is often called upon by members of legislative and executive branches of government to advise on issues within his fields of expertise, testify as an expert witness in front of federal and state legislative committees, and counsel government leaders internationally about matters of mutual concern. Smith is an international lecturer and public speaker, appearing frequently at political, university, medical, legal, disability rights, bioethics, religious, and community gatherings across the United States, Europe, Mexico, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and at the United Nations.

Keynote Sessions

7:30 p.m.Public SessionThe Many Attacks on Human Exceptionalism

9:10 a.m.Plenary SessionThe Danger of An "Undignified Bioethics"
3:45 p.m.Plenary SessionHow the Affordable Care Act Threatens American Liberty

Conference Components

  • Keynote presentations
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Small group discussions
  • A poster session
  • Lunch

Cost is $20 per person ($15 for students) and includes Friday lunch and all materials. Deadline to register is October 19.

If you are interested in coming on Thursday and staying in the Mount Vernon area overnight, please contact one of the following lodging options:

Comfort Inn................................. (800) 480-8221 .............(740) 392-6886

Holiday Inn Express...................... (800) 465-4329 .............(740) 392-1900

Super 8 Motel.............................. (800) 800-8000.............. (740) 397-8885

Printable Schedule: Available here.

Goals / Purposes for each Activity in the schedule: Available here.

Small Group Topics

Please contact Dr. Paul Madtes at (740) 397-9000, ext. 3202.

About MVNU
Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. U.S. News & World Report ranks MVNU in the top 50 Best in the Midwest (Baccalaureate) institutions for the fifth year in a row. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and eight additional satellite Graduate and Professional Studies sites throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 25 states and six countries/U.S. territories.

Privacy Policy    Site Map     Facebook     Twitter     YouTube © 2016 Mount Vernon Nazarene University