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Bradley Prize recipient Leon R. Kass, a widely published author, award-winning humanities teacher, and one of America's leading moral philosophers and experts on medical ethics, will deliver the 2009 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced.  The annual NEH-sponsored Jefferson Lecture is the most-prestigious honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.

Kass was awarded the Bradley Prize in 2004.  He is the Addie Clark Harding Professor of the Committee on Social Thought at The University of Chicago and the Hertog Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research.

A medical doctor, Kass's earlier research model in molecular biology led him to contemplate the human consequences of science, an area of inquiry in which he has been engaged for more than 30 years.  His scholarship has focused on the broader moral and cultural questions raised by biomedical advances.  Many of his powerful books and essays have been on the prospects of, and problems with, biotechnology unguided by ethical and philosophic reflections.  He was the first Chairman and remains a member of The President's Council on Bioethics.
"Leon Kass is an outstanding scholar, a gifted teacher, and one of our nation's leading humanists," said acting NEH chairman Carole M. Watson.  "He has brought the wisdom of the humanities to bear on many topics, from bioethics to courtship, and his dedication to undergraduate teaching in the humanities has benefitted a generation of students."

He will present the 38th Jefferson Lecture on Thursday, May 21, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., on "'Looking for an Honest Man:'  Reflections of an Unlicensed Humanist."  Tickets are free of charge and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ticket requests must be submitted by May 4 via the online form at www.neh.gov.  All other inquiries, as well as ticket requests for persons lacking online access, may be directed to (202) 606-8446.


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