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MVNU to host 16th Conference on Bioethical Issues

October 25-26, 2012

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio -- Mount Vernon Nazarene University will host Wesley J. Smith, J.D., as the keynote speaker for the 2012 Conference on Bioethical Issues, to be held October 25-26. Dr. Smith will be making three presentations in the MVNU Thorne Performance Hall: Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m., Friday morning at 9:10 a.m., and Friday afternoon at 3:45 p.m. Thursday evening's presentation is free and open to the public, and the Friday sessions are open to registrants.

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Smith, a Senior Fellow in Human Rights and Bioethics at the Discovery Institute, consultant to the International Task Force on Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide, and special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture, left full-time practice of law in 1985 to pursue a career in writing and public advocacy. His writing has appeared nationally and internationally, including in Newsweek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Forbes, 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.

Smith is the author and 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 the consumer advocate. Additionally, Smith co-authored (with Eric M. Chevlen) 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 more. He also has a voice in the legislative and executive branches of government, often advising and counseling nation and international leaders on these bioethical issues. Smith is an international lecturer and public speaker, appearing frequently at political, university, medical, legal, disability rights, bioethics, religious, and community gatherings.

Registration is $20 per person ($15 for students) and includes Friday lunch and all materials. The registration deadline is October 19. For more information or to register, please visit

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian teaching university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and several additional Graduate and Professional Studies locations throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,600 students from 25 states and six countries/U.S. territories.

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