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Health Care Debate Subject of 17th Markoe-DePorres Lecture

Health Care Debate Subject of 17th Markoe-DePorres Lecture

The debate over health care is the topic of the 17th Annual Markoe-DePorres Social Justice Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 28, in the Mike & Josie Harper Center auditorium located at 602 N. 20th St.

Cathleen Kaveny, Ph.D., will present “Principle, Prudence and Public Policy: The Bishops and the Health Care Debate.” The lecture is free to the public.

“There are a surprising number of Catholic theologians who are also trained in law. Professor Kaveny is certainly among the most eminent among them. She is learned, insightful, intellectually courageous, and an engaging speaker,” said Roger Bergman, Ph.D., director of Creighton ‘s Justice and Peace Studies program.

Kaveny is the John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She has published over 40 articles and essays, in journals and books specializing in law, ethics, and medical ethics. Much of her studies have focused on questions in health care ethics, such as assisted suicide, cloning, and managed care. Her current projects include one book on complicity with evil, and another on the relationship between justice and mercy. Kaveny is also a columnist and blogger for the Catholic periodical Commonweal.

She earned her A.B. summa cum laude from Princeton University in 1984, and holds four graduate degrees from Yale University including masters in arts and philosophy, a law degree and a doctorate.

The Markoe-DePorres lecture series is sponsored by the Justice and Peace Studies Program in Creighton's College of Arts and Sciences, in honor of Fr. John Markoe, S.J., who started the Omaha DePorres Club in 1947. The club included Creighton students and members of the community united against racial injustice. Their patron, Martin de Porres, a Peruvian of mixed ancestry, was canonized by the Catholic Church in 1962.

For more information, contact Dr. Roger Bergman at 280-1492 or Pam Yenko at 280-2837 or

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