Continued Learning to Feature Scott Gravlee

March 27, 2012

ALLIANCE, Ohio – University of Mount Union professor Dr. Scott Gravlee will be the featured speaker at the Continued Learning Program session at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 3 in the East Room of the Hoover-Price Campus Center on Mount Union’s campus. Gravlee, associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the university, will speak on the topic, “Practice and Principles in Medical Ethics.”

Gravlee has served as an instructor for several continuing education programs in professional and medical ethics at the Alliance Community Hospital, where he has also served on the Ethics Committee since 1999 and on the Ethics Subcommittee of the Pandemic Influenza Task Force. He has also served twice on Mount Union’s Institutional Review Board for research involving human subjects, including one year as chair.

Among Gravlee’s topics of discussion will be what an ethics committee does at a hospital (the “practice”) and key principles in medical ethics (the “principles”).  Gravlee will discuss some difficult cases in which those principles conflict.

Gravlee earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from the University of Washington in 1988 and a doctoral degree in philosophy from Stanford University in 1996, where his dissertation research focused on Aristotle’s ethics. Prior to joining the Mount Union faculty in 1998, he was a philosophy professor at the College of William and Mary. At Mount Union, he teaches the history of philosophy, aesthetics and theoretical and applied ethics, along with medical ethics for graduate students in the Physician Assistant Studies program.

Those attending the Continued Learning Program session are welcome to stay for lunch in the Kresge Dining Commons ($6.50) or B&B Café (a la carte) following the session.

The Continued Learning Program sessions, which are all free and open to the public, include a variety of presentations and current perspectives as well as time for questions and discussion.

For further information, contact Harry Paidas, interim director of the Ralph and Mary Regula Center for Public Service and Civic Engagement at Mount Union at (330) 823-5993 or

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