February 15, 2002
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Dr. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Amherst College Class of 1979, a physician and leading medical ethicist, will talk about the “Ethics of International Research” on Friday, Feb. 22, at 4 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. Emanuel’s talk, the annual Everett H. Pryde Lecture, will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served before the talk.

Emanuel, chair of the Department of Clinical Bioethics at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health, is also a breast oncologist. After earning an A.B. in chemistry at Amherst, he received an M.S. in biochemistry from Oxford University, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School and a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard University. He was a fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School of Government and Harvard University.

Emanuel has written about advance-care directives and end-of-life issues, euthanasia, the ethics of managed care, and the physician-patient relationship in The New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, The Annals of Internal Medicine and other medical journals. The JAMA praised his book on medical ethics, The Ends of Human Life: Medical Ethics in a Liberal Polity (1991), for rejecting “the idea that our problems in medical ethics stem from new developments in technology. Rather, [Emanuel] traces them to the failure of liberal political philosophy,” for which Emanuel prescribes a remedy of “liberal communitarianism.”

Emanuel served on the Ethics Section of President Clinton's Health Care Task Force and the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and the Brin Professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School.

The Everett H. Pryde Fund, established in 1986 by Mrs. Phyllis W. Pryde in honor of her husband, is used to bring to Amherst distinguished alumni who specialize in chemistry and to honor a senior who is an outstanding research assistant in chemistry. Everett Pryde graduated in the Amherst College Class of 1939, obtained an M.A. at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, and went on to become a distinguished scientist and researcher in natural chemistry, publishing more than 100 papers and was awarded 20 patents.