Media invited to cover two timely lectures at WFU Thursday

Members of the media are invited to Wake Forest University for two lectures Thursday, Nov. 21, that feature well-known speakers addressing topics of national and international importance. The events are free and open to the public, and both speakers are available for interviews after the talks.

David Orentlicher, an expert in bioethics and law, will give the first lecture of the day at 1 p.m. in Room 407 of the Benson University Center. The talk, titled “Physician-Assisted Suicide (To Kill or Not to Kill: Is That the Question?),” will focus on the issue of doctor-assisted suicide.

Orentlicher is the Samuel R. Rosen Professor of Law and co-director of the Center for Law and Health at Indiana University School of Law, and an adjunct associate professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine. The lecture is part of Wake Forest’s year-long series “Curing and Caring: The Present State and Future of Bioethics in America.” Orentlicher will repeat the lecture at 4:15 p.m. on the ground floor of the Sticht Center Auditorium at the Wake Forest School of Medicine.

The second lecture features Bernard Wasserstein, an internationally recognized expert on Israel, Palestine and the Middle East, who will speak about the topic “Israel and Palestine: Why They Fight and Can They Stop?” at 7 p.m. in the law auditorium of Wake Forest’s Worrell Professional Center.

The talk comes less than a week after Palestinian snipers ambushed and killed 12 Israelis in Hebron, West Bank, and at a time when tensions run high throughout the entire Middle East. Wasserstein, professor of modern history at the University of Glasgow, is author of more than five books about Jews, Israel or Palestine, and the lecture is taken from his forthcoming book of the same name.

The event, sponsored by the university’s political science department, is the fourth in the year-long series “Living With the Legacy of Sept. 11.” The ongoing series is funded through an endowment created by C.H. Richards, founder of Wake Forest’s political science department. The talks have been organized around the central theme of “Remembering Sept. 11: Making the Move from Grief and Anger to Understanding and Action.”

For directions, parking information or to arrange coverage of the lectures, contact Jacob McConnico at or 336-758-5237.

Categories: Media Advisory, Speakers