Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at PSU presents Thomas F. Lee

March 20th, 2014 by Lynn

    Thomas Lee

    PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Thomas F. Lee, author and retired educator and biologist at St. Anselm College, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Lee will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

    Professor Lee says we are living in an exciting era of modern biotechnology that allows us unprecedented control over life forms. He will discuss the rich opportunities and ethical perils this control presents.

    In his book “The Human Genome Project,” “Lee moderates the clash between scientific values and the new genetics that has built around the human genome project,” according to Publishers Weekly. “About three-quarters of this scientific brief on HGP is a review of the history of molecular biology; the book is akin to a rapid zoom through an electron microscope lens focused on our genes. At the end of this biology-text treatment lies the science oracle’s dilemma: Given that biologists can now translate the genetic code into understandable terms and sometimes manipulate it, should they?”

    Lee retired from Saint Anselm College in 2002, after 35 years as a professor in the Department of Biology. His areas of interest include microbiology, marine algal development and genetic engineering. He has published and spoken widely on his research on plant tissue culture, cellular polarity and airborne microorganisms.

    The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. The series is named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore.

    The theme for this year’s series is “Whatever Happened to Ethics.”

    The Sidore Series suggests that, “from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues.” Series speakers discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions. Professor Lee is the final speaker in the 2013-2014 Sidore Lecture Series.

    All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu/.

    Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at PSU presents Thomas F. Lee ‘The Promises and Perils of the New Biology’

    March 13th, 2014 by Lynn

      Tom F. Lee (courtesy)

      Plymouth, N.H. — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Thomas F. Lee, author and retired educator and biologist at St. Anselm College, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2. Lee will speak in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

      Professor Lee says we are living in an exciting era of modern biotechnology that allows us unprecedented control over life forms. He will discuss the rich opportunities and ethical perils this control presents.

      In his book The Human Genome Project, “Lee moderates the clash between scientific values and the new genetics that has built around the human genome project,” according to Publisher’s Weekly. “About three-quarters of this scientific brief on HGP is a review of the history of molecular biology; the book is akin to a rapid zoom through an electron microscope lens focused on our genes. At the end of this biology-text treatment lies the science oracle’s dilemma: Given that biologists can now translate the genetic code into understandable terms and sometimes manipulate it, should they?”

      Lee retired from Saint Anselm College in 2002, after 35 years as a professor in the Department of Biology. His areas of interest include microbiology, marine algal development and genetic engineering. He has published and spoken widely on his research on plant tissue culture, cellular polarity and airborne microorganisms.

      The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. The series is named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore.

      The theme for this year’s series is “Whatever Happened to Ethics.” The Sidore Series suggests that, “from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues.” Series speakers discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions. Professor Lee is the final speaker in the 2013-2014 Sidore Lecture Series.

      All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869. General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

      Sidore Lecture Series presents Mark Howard and David Ruoff on “Ethical and Moral Issues in the Defense of Genocide Cases”

      October 24th, 2013 by Lynn

        PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present former prosecutors Mark Howard and David Ruoff speaking on “Ethical and Moral Issues in the Defense of Genocide Cases: Who Doesn’t Deserve a Lawyer?” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

        Howard and Ruoff will discuss the principle behind the right to counsel, even when it is known that the defendant is guilty; and the role of attorneys as teachers in geopolitics.

        Mark Howard

        Mark Howard’s career in law spans more than 25 years, during which time he has worked for private law practices and served publicly, first as an attorney general in the New Hampshire Department of Justice where he prosecuted homicide cases, and later as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Hampshire. He has prosecuted hundreds of violent crimes, drug offenses, firearms offenses and white-collar crimes. Howard has been with Howard and Ruoff since he founded the firm in 2009. His practice consists primarily of federal and state criminal defense, complex civil litigation and federal appellate practice at the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

        David Ruoff

        David Ruoff has been practicing law for nearly 20 years, the majority of them dedicated to public service. He launched his career as staff attorney for the New Hampshire Public Defender, and subsequently joined the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted numerous high-profile cases. Following a six-year stint with the state attorney general’s office, where he prosecuted homicides, environmental, and public integrity crimes, he entered into private law practice. His practice is focused primarily on state and federal criminal defense, as well as civil litigation.

        The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time. The series is named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore.

        The theme for this year’s Sidore Lecture Series is “Whatever Happened to Ethics.” The Sidore Series suggests that, “from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues.” Series speakers will discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions.

        All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

        General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

        Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at PSU presents Medea Benjamin October 9

        October 3rd, 2013 by Lynn

          Medea Benjamin

          PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present political activ­ist Medea Benjamin speak­ing on “The Obama Admin­istration’s Use of Drones” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

          The theme for this year’s Sidore Lecture Series is “Whatever Happened to Ethics.” The Sidore Series suggests that, “from hun­ger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues.” Series speakers will discuss the ethical and mor­al expressions of the prob­lems of today, and potential solutions.

          Benjamin will discuss how and why the Obama administration came to rely on drone warfare, the dan­gers of engaging in secret wars behind the backs of the American people, and what citizens can do about it.

          Medea Benjamin is a co­founder of CODEPINK, a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement, and Global Ex­change, an international human rights organization.

          Benjamin has been described by New York Newsday as “one of Amer­ica’s most committed—and most effective—fighters for human rights,” and the Los Angeles Times has called her “one of the high-pro­file leaders of the peace movement.” She has distin­guished herself as an elo­quent and energetic figure in the progressive move­ment. In 2005, she was one of 1,000 exemplary women from 140 countries nomi­nated to receive the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the millions of women who do the essential work of peace worldwide. In 2010, she re­ceived the Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconcil­iation.

          The author/editor of eight books, Benjamin’s latest book is “Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control.” She is currently campaign­ing to get lethal drones out of the hands of the CIA.

          The final speakers in the Sidore Lecture Series this fall will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 5, when attorneys Mark How­ard and David Ruoff will discuss the constitutional principle behind the right to counsel, even when the defendant is known to be guilty, and the role of attor­neys as teachers in geopoli­tics.

          The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a vari­ety of speakers to the uni­versity each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.

          All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are rec­ommended. A reception fol­lows each lecture. Tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

          General informa­tion about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@PSU.

          Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at PSU presents Zak Stein Sept. 18

          September 13th, 2013 by Lynn

          PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Zak Stein, speaking on “Ethics and the New Education: Testing, Pills and the Future of School” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.

          The theme for this year’s Sidore Lecture Series is “Whatever Happened to Ethics.” The Sidore Series suggests that, “from hunger and the financial crisis in the U.S. and abroad to global warming, there is an ethical component to our failure in dealing with these issues.” Series speakers will discuss the ethical and moral expressions of the problems of today, and potential solutions.

          Stein will explore trends in educationally oriented psychopharmacology, large-scale standardized testing, and how educating children requires a more holistic and human approach. He is an award-winning scholar and researcher who focuses on issues related to human development and the philosophy of education.

          Zak Stein

          Stein is the editor for Mind, Brain, and Education, and has been published in several journals. He has presented at dozens of professional conferences and held teaching appointments at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and John F. Kennedy University. Stein currently teaches through Lectica, Inc., and at Harvard.

          The next speaker in the series will be political activist Medea Benjamin, Oct. 9, speaking on “The Obama Administration’s Use of Drones.”

          The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series was established at PSU in 1979 to bring a variety of speakers to the university each year to address the critical political, social and cultural issues and events of our time.

          Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

          General information about events at PSU is available at ThisWeek@ PSU, http://thisweek.blogs.plymouth.edu.

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