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Margaret Somerville to speak at
Tyndale University College & Seminary

TORONTO, February 20, 2008- Dr. Margaret Somerville, internationally renowned expert on ethical aspects of science and social issues, will be guest speaker at Tyndale University College & Seminary's annual Honeyman Lecture series on Tuesday, March 4.

The morning forum will feature a conversation with Tyndale president Brian Stiller and Dr. Somerville on the large issues we face in Canada and world wide. The evening forum will be in the format of Q&A. Students, faculty and guests will have opportunity to present Dr. Somerville with questions that surface from her extensive writings, her public advocacy and related ethical matters that arise from living within intermingled cultures, ideologies and competing economic and social movements.

The public is invited to the 7:30 evening forum in the Van Norman Worship and Study Centre.

Founding director of the McGill Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law, Somerville holds professorships in the Faculties of Law and Medicine at McGill University. Over the years, she has been active in the worldwide
development of bioethics and in the study of the wider legal and ethical aspects of medicine and science. Publications include The Ethical Canary: Science, Society and the Human Spirit and Death Talk: the Case against Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. She has edited Do We Care? Renewing Canada's Commitment to Health, proceedings of the first Directions for Canadian Health Care conference; and co-edited Transdisciplinarity: Recreating Integrated Knowledge.

Somerville earned a bachelor's degree in law from the University of Sydney and the Doctorate in Civil Law from McGill University. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and the first recipient of the UNESCO Avicenna Prize for Ethics in Science. In 1989, she was honoured with the Order of Australia in recognition of her international contribution to law and bioethics. Ryerson and Windsor are among the Canadian universities that have recognized Somerville's distinguished career and conferred honourary doctoral degrees.

Founded in 1894, Tyndale is a trans-denominational university and seminary located in north Toronto. Currently, there are over 1,200 students and more than 9,000 alumni. Tyndale offers a variety of degree programs in a wide range of disciplines and accredited programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The programs prepare leaders for Canada and throughout the world. Visit the Tyndale website at
www.tyndale.ca for more information on the 2008 Honeyman Lecture series.


Media Contact:
Jacqui Getfield, MSc
Director of Communication
Tyndale University College & Seminary
416-226-6620 ext. 2784 (tel)
416-226-6746 (fax)

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