The Catawba College Community Forum Presents "Human Cloning and the Stem Cell Debate"
August 22, 2005;
Do you really understand the current controversy over the use of stem cells in biological and medical research? Have you taken time to consider seriously the ethical issues that accompany our potential ability to clone human beings? If the answer to either of these questions is “no”— and especially if it’s “yes”— then you won’t want to miss the first Catawba College Community Forum of 2005-2006.
Dr. Robert Voelker, currently Adjunct Professor of Biology at Catawba College, has taught genetics at North Carolina State University and was a research scientist at the Laboratory of Genetics in the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
What makes Dr. Voelker uniquely capable of discussing these issues, however, is his secondary training and experience in the field of religion and philosophy. In addition to his Ph.D. in Drosophila Population Genetics and Evolution from the University of Texas, he holds a Master of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and has served as co-pastor of Wittenberg Lutheran Church in Granite Quarry, North Carolina.
In describing his comments, Dr. Voelker writes: “We will look at what human cloning is, how it can be done, the different possible uses of human cloning, and how human cloning relates to the current stem cell debate. We will examine whether it is ever appropriate, perhaps even desirable or necessary, to clone humans. We will also examine how human cloning is related to, yet quite distinct from, the current stem cell debate, which proposes to use leftover embryos from fertility clinics.”
Dr. Voelker notes that his current interests include the academic and societal debate surrounding the science-religion conflict, and that he is “exploring possible bridges between science and religion that would accommodate the findings of modern science while also dealing with religious concerns.”
Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20, 2005 in Tom Smith Auditorium of Ralph W. Ketner Hall on the campus of Catawba College for this timely presentation and discussion. As always, there is no admission charge.