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From left, Betty Attaway-Fink, Peter
Petrakis, Mary White
NEW SOUTHEASTERN COLLOQUIUM TO
EXAMINE STEM CELL RESEARCH
HAMMOND -- A new annual forum
sponsored by Southeastern Louisiana University’s College of Arts and Sciences
will debut April 6 with a look at the often controversial topic of stem
The college’s first “Arts and
Sciences Colloquium” will examine “Stem Cell Research: Science, Politics
and Media” from 1-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 6 in the Student Union Theatre.
The colloquium is free and open to the public.
“Stem cell research is an important
issue about which most Americans know relatively little,” said the event’s
chair William Robison, head of the university’s history and political science
department. “The purpose of the colloquium is to provide information from
several professional perspectives.”
Robison, who will moderate the
colloquium, said three Southeastern professors will be featured as panelists.
Biological sciences professor Mary White will examine stem cell research’s
scientific aspects, while political science professor Peter Petrakis will
look at the issue’s constitutional, legal, and political dimensions. Communication
professor Betty Attaway-Fink will discuss how the news media handles science
stories in general and stem cell research in particular.
Robison said each panelist will
make a 20-minute presentation. The presentations will be followed by a
moderated question-answer session.
“This is not a program in which
the panelists will advocate a particular point of view, nor is it a debate
among the panelists or between the panelists and the audience,” he said.
“Experts in three relevant academic disciplines will provide factual information
that will allow audience members to develop more informed opinions about
stem cell research.”
In addition to illuminating a
particular topic each year, the Arts and Sciences Colloquium series will
also highlight the college’s academic departments and expertise, and “demonstrate
that the best way to become an informed citizen is to acquire the kind
of broad-based education in the arts, humanities, and sciences,” Robison
For additional information, contact
Robison at 985-549-2109.