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For Immediate Release (00-10)
Date: March 20, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Montgomery College to Host April 12 Town Meeting on
"The Ethics of Human Genetic Engineering"
Foremost Authority on Ethics in Human Genetics,
Dr. LeRoy Walters, to Provide Keynote Address

Rockville, Maryland – Phenomenal advances in gene therapy and human genetic alteration have given rise to some of the most compelling ethical issues in society today. To explore these issues, Montgomery College's Critical Literacy Committee has assembled a panel of top experts in the field to engage students and the general public in a lively roundtable discussion and forum as part of the College's upcoming second annual Town Meeting on Wednesday, April 12, from 5:30-8 p.m.  The event will be held in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus.

Dr. LeRoy B. Walters -- widely considered to be the foremost authority in the field of ethics in human genetics, and the director of Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University -- will provide the keynote address on "The Ethics of Human Genetic Engineering."

Dr. Walters’s accomplishments include serving as a congressional adviser at this year’s gene therapy hearings, chairing the Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee at the National Institutes of Health, and serving as associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Bioethics. His many honors and accolades include a Macomber Lectureship at the Harvard Medical School and a Humanitarian Award from the National Organization for Rare Disorders.

Mr. Joseph McInerney, director of the Foundation for Genetic Education at Johns Hopkins University, will serve as the moderator for the town meeting and provide some closing remarks for the meeting.

The town meeting’s schedule is as follows: 5:30 p.m. reception; 6 p.m. keynote speech by Dr. LeRoy Walters; 6:30 p.m. roundtable discussion and open-mike forum; 7:45 p.m., closing remarks by Mr. Joseph McInerney.

Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus is located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville. Located one mile north of the Rockville Metro Station, the campus is served by a number of Metro and Ride On bus routes. For information on the Town Meeting, contact Professor Marcia Bronstein at 240-567-1369.

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