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ELC: Fordham University, New York City, New York

January 26, 2019


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Saturday, January 26, 2019

8:30 AM Coffee

9:00 – 9:15 AM Opening Remarks and Welcome Address |  Julia Kenney

9:15 – 10:05 AM The Way of Medicine | Dr. Christopher Tollefsen, PhD

10:05 – 10:15 AM Break

10:15 – 11:05 AM Images of the Human Person in the Practice of Medicine | Dr. Peter Wicks, PhD

11:05 – 11:15 AM Break

11:15 – 12:05 PM Deconstructing the Human Person: Ethical Concerns Around Gender Ideology | Mary Rice-Hasson

12:05 – 12:30 PM WYA’s Certified Training Program | Julia Kenney

12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch

1:40 – 2:30 PM Erosion of the physician patient relationship | Dr. Dan Cruser

2:30 – 2:40 PM Break

2:40 – 3:00 PM The Policy Wheel:  WYA’s HDC and FEMM | Julia Kenney, WYA

3:00 – 3:50 PM Dignity and Death: Caring for Others at the End of Life | Nadja Wolf

3:50 – 4:10 PM Closing remarks | Julia Kenney



Peter Wicks is Scholar-in-Residence at the Elm Institute in New Haven, Connecticut. Educated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, Dr. Wicks came to the United States as Jane Eliza Procter Visiting Fellow at Princeton’s Graduate School before pursuing his doctoral studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he completed his Ph.D. in 2010. After spending a year on a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton, Dr. Wicks taught in the Ethics Program at Villanova University as a Catherine of Siena Fellow. His main research interests are the contemporary applications of Aristotelian ethical and political thought and the intellectual foundations of utilitarianism. He is currently completing a book, The Ethics of Peter Singer: A Study of Utilitarianism in Theory and Practice, which examines the sources of the appeal of utilitarianism in contemporary culture through a critical examination of the work of the contemporary philosopher Peter Singer.  


Daniel Cruser MD, a native of Mountain Home, Idaho, is a Distinguished Graduate of the United States Military Academy and earned his medical degree from the F Edward Hebert School of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland.  He completed an internship in general surgery, residency training in anatomic and clinical pathology, and fellowship training in hematology. He served in the United States Army in various roles as student, physician, researcher, teacher, administrator, and commander, retiring as a colonel after 28 years of service.  His time in the army took him to interesting places including New York, Georgia, Texas, Washington DC, Indiana, Washington state, New Jersey, Kuwait, and Germany. In his current job he serves as chair of pathology at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie New York. His academic interests include leukemia and lymphoma diagnosis, medical education, and medical ethics.  His wife Mary, also a physician, has a private psychiatry practice in the local area. Together they have 8 wonderful children and 5 grandchildren.


Christopher Tollefsen(University of South Carolina) is Chair of the Department of Philosophy and College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina.  Twice a visiting fellow in the James Madison Program at Princeton University, he is also a senior fellow of the Witherspoon Institute. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy and the journal Christian Bioethics.  His books include Lying and Christian Ethics(Cambridge, 2014); Biomedical Research and Beyond(Routledge, 2009); and, with Robert P. George, Embryo: A Defense of Human Life(Doubleday, 2008).  He is a regular contributor to the on-line journal Public Discourse.





Mary Rice Hasson is the Kate O’Beirne Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., where she also directs the Catholic Women’s Forum, a network of Catholic professional women and scholars seeking to amplify the voice of Catholic women in support of human dignity, authentic freedom, and Catholic social teaching. An expert on culture, faith, sexual morality, and gender ideology, Mary was the keynote speaker for the Holy See during the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in both 2017 and 2018. She speaks frequently at national and regional conferences, her writing appears in a variety of scholarly publications, policy journals, and websites, and Mary is also a frequent commentator in global media on issues pertaining to women, Catholicism and culture.  Mary is the co-author of a recent book on public education: Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late and the editor of Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and the Church.

Before joining EPPC, Mary worked as an attorney and writer and served the Church for over twenty years in leadership positions in Catholic marriage preparation, diocesan education efforts, and Catholic ministries to women and families. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Notre Dame Law School, Mary is married to Kevin J. “Seamus” Hasson, and they have seven grown children and one grandchild.


Nadja Wolfe joined WYA as Director of Advocacy in 2015. She oversees the organization’s advocacy efforts and serves as the main representative to the United Nations. She is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, where she majored in Russian Area Studies and Theatre Arts, and William and Mary Law School. She is a native of Massachusetts and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association.


January 26, 2019
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Fordham University