Ethical Thinking in Global Times, a new lecture series at Saint Johnís University brings to the campus leading figures from the media and culture to engage the community in a conversation on the ethical and intellectual challenges of their work in the context of these global times.  The University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint Johnís University sponsors the series with additional support from the Ford Foundation and the Star Tribune Foundation.



Abraham Verghese is a nationally recognized and award winning author and practicing physician.  Today, he makes his home in El Paso, Texas where he the Professor of Medicine and Chief of Infectious Diseases at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center.  In 1995, he received international acclaim for his account of the impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on a small-town in Tennessee- My Own Country: A Doctor's Story.  More recently his The Tennis Partner and its tragic account of a man's struggle with drug addiction established Verghese as one of the most compassionate and moving observers of the darker sides of our culture.  A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, The North American review, Sports Illustrated, Story, and, most recently, The Atlantic Monthly.  Verghese, an Indian doctor born and raised in Ethiopia, is a Syrio Malabar Orthodox Christian and today is working on a novel set in India.

Verghese's talk is the first lecture in a new series on Ethical Thinking in Global Times sponsored by the University Chair in Critical Thinking at Saint John's University and is co-sponsored by the Schirber Lecture Series in Medical Ethics.

Schedule for April 10, 2002

3:30 - 4:30 Student Meeting Q353, SJU
5:30 - 7:00 Dinner, Great Hall, SJU
7:30 - 9:00 Presentation, Quad 264, SJU



The University Chair in Critical Thinking

and the

Schirber Lecture Series in Medical Ethics




The Search
Medical Life




Abraham Verghese

7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Quad 264, Centenary Room
Saint John's University







The Search for Meaning in Medical Life (Audio File)
Links to Verghese
Map of St. John's

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