Professor Ronald GreenProfessor Ronald Green

The Eunice and Julian Cohen Professor for the Study of Ethics and Human Values, Dartmouth College

Talk Titles

March 22, 11:15-12:00pm
"What's Fairness Got to Do with It?

March 22, 6:05-6:30pm
"Leveling the Playing Field"
What would be the impact of gene doping on athletic competition? Some argue that it would increase the fairness and inclusiveness of sports by reducing the impact of already existing natural genetic variations. After briefly examining the impact of genetic engineering on social justice generally, I argue that gene doping will very likely further distort sport in the direction of "winning," and lead to the unsafe development of an athletic "GenNobility." To the best of our abilities we should prevent or minimize the entry of genetic manipulations into sports medicine.

March 23, 9:15-10:15pm
"Trashing the Future: Can We Justify Obligations to Future Persons?"

About Professor Green

A member of Dartmouth’s Religion Department since 1969, Professor Green also serves as faculty director of Dartmouth’s Ethics Institute, whose mission is to further teaching and research in applied and professional ethics. He is a summa cum laude graduate of Brown University and received his PhD in religious ethics from Harvard University in 1973.
In 1996 and 1997, Prof. Green served as Director of the Office of Genome Ethics at the National Human Genome Research Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Prof. Green’s research interests are in genetic ethics, biomedical ethics, and basic and applied of philosophical ethics. He is the author of seven books, editor of three, and has published over one hundred fifty articles in theoretical and applied ethics. His most recent book, Babies by Design: The Ethics of Genetic Choice, was published as a trade and academic book in November 2007 by Yale University Press. It has occupied first place on’s list of books in genetic engineering. It is available in both a Kindle edition and an (audio) edition. In 2005, Prof. Green was named a Guggenheim Fellow.

Prof. Green serves on the bioethics committee of the March of Dimes. In 1994 he was a member of the Human Embryo Research Panel of the NIH, a blue ribbon commission appointed to recommend policy for federal funding of research on the preimplantation human embryo. That panel was the first to recommend federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research.

In 1998-99 Prof. Green was president of the Society of Christian Ethics. He served two elected terms as Secretary of the American Academy of Religion, the largest professional association of religious studies educators in the United States. He currently serves, pro bono, as the chair of the Ethics Advisory Board of Advanced Cell Technology, a company involved in embryonic stem cell research. He has twice served as Chair of the Religion Department. In 1980 he received the Dartmouth Distinguished Teaching Award. This award, given to a single member of the faculty annually, is voted upon by the entire graduating class.

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