MMK Honoree Seeks to Understand Bioethical Challenges through Theatre


Professors ORentlicher, Rothenbert, and TerryA look at how issues of bioethics are dealt with through plays staged since the 1960s was the topic of the McDonald Merrill Ketcham (MMK) Lecture at the law school on February 7, 2013. This year’s MMK honoree was Karen H. Rothenberg, J.D., M.P.A., Marjorie Cook Professor of Law and founding Director of the Law & Health Care Program at the University of Maryland School of Law. She served as that law school’s dean from 1999-2009.

The McDonald Merrill Ketcham Lecture and Award in Law and Medicine brings leading scholars and policy makers in the fields of law and medicine to the IUPUI campus for presentations at both the law and medical schools.

Following Rothenberg’s lecture, a panel discussion lead by Janet Allen, artistic director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre, also examined the MMK lecture topic. Other panelists included Dr. Margaret Gaffney and Dr. Peter Schwartz, both of whom are faculty investigators at the IU Center for Bioethics, and Professor William Schneider, director of Medical Humanities at IUPUI.

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