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Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics

The 2014 Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics features Rosemarie Tong, Distinguished Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Department of Philosophy and director of the Center for Applied and Professional Ethics at University of North Carolina, Charlotte, to speak on, Making Perfect People: Limiting our Reproductive, Genetic and Cosmetics Powers Ethically.

Tong is internationally known for her contributions to feminist thought and bioethics. She has authored and co-edited thirteen books, including Ethics in Policy Analysis (1985), Controlling our Reproductive Destiny: A Technological and Philosophical Perspective (1994), Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (1996), Linking Visions: Feminist Bioethics, Human Rights, and the Developing World with Ann Donchin and Sue Dodds (2004), New Perspectives in Health Care Ethics: An Interdisciplinary and Crosscultural Approach (2007) and Feminist Thought: A More Comprehensive Introduction (2008 3rd edition). She has also published over one hundred articles on topics related to feminist theory, reproductive and genetic technology, biomedical research, global bioethics, aging, and healthcare reform.

Tong is the immediate past chair of the American Philosophical Association’s Committee on the Status of Women, chair of the Institutional Review Board’s Conflict of Interest Committee at Chesapeake Research, Inc., and was co-chair of the NC Institute of Medicine’s taskforce on Pandemic Influenza in 2006-2007. She is an executive board member of the International Network for Feminist Approaches to Bioethics, the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics, the U.S. Women’s Bioethics Project, the Executive Forum of Charlotte, and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center.

The Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecture in Ethics was established in honor of the late Dr. Elizabeth Dutson Gee, a senior research associate in the Center for Women’s Studies, in the early 1990s.

The Distinguished Lecture in Ethics celebrates Dr. Gee’s enduring legacy as a scholar and an educator and fosters dialogue within the academic and local communities. An advisory committee selects biennially a prominent scholar to speak on an important issue of gender and ethics. Selection as an Elizabeth D. Gee Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics carries with it a monetary award and presentation of an original, scholarly work.