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Solomon R. Benatar to deliver University lecture: "Human Rights and Global Health: Some Critical Perspectives on System Failures" on December 2nd

Solomon R. Benatar, Emeritus Professor of Medicine and Founding Director of the University of Cape Town's Bioethics Centre, will deliver this lecture in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. During the 2008-2009 Rutgers University is sponsoring a series of panel discussions, conferences, workshops and talks focused on Human Rights. Dr. Benatar will speak in the lecture hall at Alexander Library at 4:30PM on Tuesday, December 2, 2008. A reception will follow.

Dr. Benatar's academic interests include academic freedom, medical ethics and the humanities in medicine, human rights, health care systems, health economics, global health and respiratory medicine, topics on which he has published over 300 journal articles and book chapters.

After graduating from the University of Cape Town in 1965 and spending time in family practice, Dr. Benatar trained first in anesthetics and then in internal medicine in Cape Town and London. He was Chairman of the University of Cape Town’s Department of Internal Medicine and Chief Physician at Groote Schuur Hospital from 1980-1999. During the 1994/95 academic year he was a Fellow in the Program in Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University and Visiting Professor at Harvard Medical School. He was an annual Visiting Professor in Public Health Sciences and Medicine at the University of Toronto from 2000-2007. Currently he is Professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto and Director of a NIH (Fogarty International Center) multi-year funded program for capacity building in international research ethics in southern Africa. He has been an invited lecturer at many medical schools globally and has served as an ethics advisor to many international organizations. He was President of the International Association of Bioethics from 2001-2003.

Among his honors are Foreign Associate Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine; Honorary member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Human Rights; Honorary Foreign Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Elected Fellow of the Hastings Center; Honorary Fellow of the American College of Physicians; Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa; Founding Member of the South African Academy of Science; Life Fellow of the University of Cape Town; Honorary Fellow of the South African Thoracic Society; Honorary Fellow of the College of Physicians of South Africa; and Elected Fellow of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College of London.

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