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UFFL 2017 Conference at the University of St. Thomas Law School on June 9-1...
Fri, Jun 9, 2017, 1:00 PM – Sat, Jun 10, 2017, 9:30 PM CDT
Annual convention of the University Faculty for Life, an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary fellowship of scholars interested in research, dialogue, and publication respectful of human life from conception to natural death.
2017 Conference themes: Key Issues in Bioethics with contributed papers, plenary talks, and specialty panels on the Ethics of Laboratory Science, Biblical Bioethics, The Law and Prolife Issues, Prolife Healthcare, Theology and Bioethics, and Book Presentations.
2017 Smith Award Recipient and Banquet Speaker: Robert Spitzer S.J., Ph.D. in Philosophy, Star of EWTN's Father Spitzer's Universe, President of both the Magis Center of Reason and Faith and the Spitzer Center of Ethical Leadership, the author of eight books, and the retired president of Gonzaga University. He will be speaking on The Inescapability of the Prolife Stance.
Plenary Speakers: David A Prentice Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Vice-President and Research Director of Charlotte Lozier Institute, founding member of Do No Harm: The Coalition of Americans for Research Ethics, and adult stem cell specialist. He will be speaking on Bioethics, Biotechnology and Policy: Current Challenges. Patrick Lee Ph.D. in Philosophy, McAleer Professor of Bioethics and Director of the Center for Bioethics at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. He will be speaking on Human Dignity at the Margins of Life. Kevin Fitzgerald, S.J. and Ph.D. in Bioethics and Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics, the Lauler Chair of Catholic Health Care Ethics at Georgetown's Center for Clinical Bioethics and Research Associate Professor of Oncology focusing on gene regulation. He will be speaking on The Promise & Peril of Genomic Medicine. For more information see UFFL's website at http://www.uffl.org/
Contributed Papers focus on fundamentals of bioethics as well as abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. UFFL members may also propose a brief presentation of their prolife books. The deadline for priority consideration of proposals is April 7th, 2017. For details please see the CALL FOR ABSTRACTS/PAPERS at http://www.uffl.org/
Those registering for the complete conference receive conference materials, refreshments, buffet dinner on Friday night and all meals on Saturday including the banquet with Fr. Robert Spitzer, when he will be speaking on "The Inescapability of the Prolife Stance." Eventbrite adds a small processing fee to every purchase.
The conference is being hosted by the University of St. Thomas and will be held at UST's Law School in Minneapolis (1000 Lasalle Ave). UST's Law School is about 30 minutes from the MSP (Minneapolis/St Paul) airport and around a $45 cab ride. Unfortunately UST's dorms are at the St. Paul campus and commuting between the two campuses requires about a $35 cab ride and a 15-20 minute drive (when it is not rush hour).
Local Points of Interest: Next to the MSP airport in Bloomington is the Mall of America which contains an amusement park; the Mall is also about a half a mile from a wildlife preserve and about 20 minutes from the Minnesota Zoo (there is also the Como Zoo in St. Paul). In Minneapolis, there are wonderful art museums, a vibrant night life, and the Basilica of St. Mary. In St. Paul, there is the Children’s Museum, the Science Museum, the railroad tycoon J. Hill's House, and the Cathedral of St. Paul. For those who like to walk, there are the lakes Hiawatha and Nokomis in Minneapolis and lake Como in St. Paul. The Twin Cities also has many bike trails. On the border of St. Paul and Minneapolis, there is the historic Fort Snelling where Dred Scott once worked and where actors play various historical figures. There are also informative paddlewheel rides about local history on the Mississippi River. About 35-45 minutes outside of town in Stillwater, there is Loome’s Bookstore, famous for its selection in philosophy, theology, and literary classics; and, there is also reasonably priced paddlewheel rides on the beautiful St. Croix river. Please consult Googel Maps and the UST’s Visitor Guide on our webpages at http://www.uffl.org/
Housing options include many Twin City hotels that offer a discount for University of St. Thomas Visitors (see UST's Visitor Page at http://www.stthomas.edu/visitors); the Double Tree Hilton at 1101 Lasalle Ave, which is next door to UST's law school, is offering a discounted rate of $149/night plus tax (for reservations see the link on UFFL's homepage at http://www.uffl.org/index.html; deadline for a discounted reservation is May 9th); and the efficiency or quad apartment style dorms at the University of St. Thomas's St. Paul campus with a rate of $64/night and a reservation deadline of May 9th. (N.B. the efficiency style apartment dorm rooms have limited availability so book early (the other rooms are apartment style quad bedrooms that require sharing a bathroom and a living space). During rush hour, it takes about 30 minutes to drive between UST's Minneapolis and St. Paul campuses; otherwise about 15-20 minutes. On Friday, UST's shuttle bus will be running between the campuses about every hour; but on Saturday, the shuttle bus is not available. If sufficient numbers reserve rooms in UST's dorms on the St. Paul campus---and reserve a seat on the shuttle bus for $24 dollars--UFFL can hire a special bus to run on Saturday morning from 8-10 am and again Saturday evening from 7:30-9:30. To reserve a UST apartment dorm room and bus service, see the links on UFFL's homepage (these will be TBA until mid-January).