Alexander Capron

University Professor, Vice Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs
Scott H. Bice Chair in Healthcare, Law, Policy and Ethics
Professor of Law and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine
Co-Director, Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics
University of Southern California

The Medical Definition of Death: Ethical, Social, and Cultural Concerns


Ethical Reflections on Organ Transplant Tourism and Organ Trafficking

The Provost’s Ethics Colloquium will be hosting Alexander Capron for two events on Nov. 2nd–a panel discussion entitled, The Medical Definition of Death: Ethical, Social, and Cultural Concerns, and a public lecture,  Ethical Reflections on Organ Transplant Tourism and Organ Trafficking. The panel discussion will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Nov. 2nd in the Lory Student Center theater. The lecture will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the Lory Student Center ballrooms. To register for the events, which are free and open to the public, please click on this link: Capron event registration. To view an event flyer, please click here: Capron Flyer.

Alexander Capron is a globally recognized expert in health policy and medical ethics. He teaches Public Health Law, Torts, and Law, Science, and Medicine. He also teaches at the USC Keck School of Medicine and is co-director of the Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics, a campus-wide interdisciplinary research and education center. He returned to USC Gould School of Law in fall 2006 after four years on leave as director of Ethics, Trade, Human Rights and Health Law at the World Health Organization in Geneva.

Capron’s publications include Ethical Issues in Governing Biobanks: Global Perspectives (with others, Ashgate, 2008), Law, Science and Medicine 2nd ed. (with others, Foundation Press, 1996), Treatise on Health Care Law (with others, Matthew Bender, 1991), and Genetics, Ethics and Human Values (edited with Z. Bankowski, Geneva: CIOMS, 1991).

The Provost’s Ethics Colloquium promotes cross-disciplinary, cross-college conversations about ethics-related issues. By highlighting existing ethics seminars and activities, encouraging additional events, and providing virtual resources, the Colloquium fosters increased interaction and collaboration among faculty and staff members working with an ethical perspective on virtually any issue facing the community. We know that there are already many activities in this direction happening at CSU; our goal is to support, highlight, and enhance them, and to give our broader Northern Colorado community a window into all that is going on at CSU.  To that end, while themes and topics will be broad-based, the Colloquium will emphasize ethical issues in the professions and disciplines, particularly when such issues have larger social, civic, political, and economic implications.

To pursue these goals, the Colloquium launched a series of events featuring CSU and external speakers. The first event was a conversation on “The End of The University,” by Provost Rick Miranda and University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and Professor Matt Hickey; they described some of the issues that university faculty could/should consider in designing curricula that could equip students to have a values-based approach to their education.  How can our students learn to deal both ethically and effectively with the civic, social, political, and economic implications of our changing world – and how should we provide those learning outcomes?  Subsequent talks in the series have addressed a range of topics, from media ethics and religious ethics to the ethics of how laboratory animals are treated and the intersections between ethics and diversity issues in community-based research and teaching.

A fund has been established to provide funding that will enable the Colloquium to bring a compelling high-profile speaker to campus each year. Many supporters choose to help make possible CSU events that matter to them through a gift to the event. We are asking for your help to ensure that funding will be available to enable the Colloquium to continue sponsoring events that promote meaningful engagement with ethics-related issues.

Thank you for your consideration and for helping us to reach our goal. You may make your gift using this link: Provost’s Ethics Colloquium.


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