[ASC-media] Media Release - Ideas about Science and Ethics

Darren.Osborne at csiro.au Darren.Osborne at csiro.au
Wed Feb 26 09:17:19 EST 2003

Manning Clark House continues to explore significant - and sometimes controversial - issues at a three-day forum this weekend on science and ethics. 

The second Canberra Weekend of Ideas, organised by Manning Clark House, gathers together experts from Australia and overseas who have conducted scientific research and/or considered a range of ethical matters arising from mankind's pursuit
of science.

"Once again the garden at Manning Clark House will buzz with ideas as top scholars grapple with topical questions," says director Penny Ramsay.

Subjects covered will include:
*	Science, Ethics and War - where are the boundaries? Speakers include ANU's Des Ball and ADFA's William Maley.
*	Animal Ethics - are animals a resource or a responsibility? Speakers are all members of ANU's Animal Ethics Committee.
*	Sustainability - are we short on science or willpower? Speakers include ANU's John Dryzek and CSIRO's Bruce Hobbs.
*	Money, Power and the New Genetics - can ethics guide us? Speakers include John Curtin School of Medical Research scientists Drs Simon Eastel and Keats Nelms.

A feature of this year's Weekend is Friday's program - designed specifically for high school and college students. Young scientists and other speakers from such organisations as CSIRO, the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Biotech
Australia, and AusAID - most of them under 30 - will lead discussions on drugs and performance, the new genetics and problems in feeding the world.

The program also includes the second annual Dymphna Clark Lecture, delivered by Manning and Dymphna Clark's daughter, Professor Katerina Clark, of the Department of Comparative Literature and the Department of Slavic Languages and
Literature, Yale University.  Professor Clark's lecture, at 4pm Saturday, is titled "Women, History, Science and Ethics: Identify in Diaspora - the refugees from fascism in Europe in the 1930s".

The Weekend of Ideas takes place Friday, March 7, Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9 from 10-4.30pm at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest. 
All sessions are free.

Manning Clark House is a scholarly and cultural organisation based at the former home of Professor Manning Clark, Australia's best-known historian, and his wife, linguist and translator, Dymphna Clark. MCH organises public lectures, forums
and conferences, hosts a range of concerts and book launches, and a program for residential scholars.

For more information, including a full program, speaker biographies, or to arrange interviews and for images, please contact Penny Ramsay at Manning Clark House, Telephone: 02 6295 9433 or email: manningclark at ozemail.com.au

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