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June 27, 2003
What Constitutes Peoplehood? to be Discussed July 2nd  Founders Lecture at the MBL

WOODS HOLE, MA - John Collins Harvey, M.D., Ph.D., a Senior Research Scholar and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Georgetown University will present the 2003 Founders Lecture, sponsored by the Woods Hole Dialogue group.  The lecture will be held July 2, at 4:00 pm in the Marine Biological Laboratory's Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street,  Woods Hole. The lecture, titled "Implications of the Stages of Development," is free and open to the public. Dr. Harvey will discuss the history of the field of geriatrics, the aging process and various life stages, and explore what constitutes "peoplehood," by comparing the demented geriatric individual, the individual in the persistent vegetative state, and the individual in utero.

Dr. Harvey earned his B.S. degree at Yale, his M.D. degree from Johns Hopkins, and his Ph.D. in Theology from St. Mary's Seminary and University. He did his internship and residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital on the Osler Medical Service, serving as Chief Resident in 1953. Dr. Harvey was on the medical faculty of Johns Hopkins University from 1953 to 1973, rising in rank from Instructor to Professor of Medicine. In 1973 he was called to Georgetown University as Professor of Medicine and became Emeritus in 1989. Dr. Harvey is a Master of the American College of Physicians. His medical research interests include skeletal muscle diseases, rehabilitation, and geriatrics. His bioethical interests are in the end-of-life area: withdrawal of treatment, advance directives, euthanasia, and physician-assisted suicide. Dr. Harvey is also a Senior Research Scholar at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.

The Woods Hole Dialogue group was founded during the 1988 centennial celebration of the Marine Biological Laboratory by a large group of reflective scientists, educators, and clergy from the village of Woods Hole.  It is a growing convivium that meets periodically to identify, debate, research, and clarify major societal issues of science and technology that involve the wider human community.  The group's annual public discussion—the Founders Lecture—honors the perspectives of the integrative founders and scholars of the MBL community's internationally recognized research and teaching programs.

The Marine Biological Laboratory is an independent scientific institution, founded in 1888, that undertakes the highest level of creative research and education in biology, including the biomedical and environmental sciences.