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Press Release: Baranzano Society to Discuss Bioethics of Beauty, Monday, March 29
Date: 3/23/2004

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Baranzano Society to Discuss Bioethics of Beauty, Monday, March 29

Extreme makeovers are becoming more popular, not only on television but in real life.  Plastic surgery is gaining a new audience, not only in Hollywood but everywhere.  Advances in modern medicine now provide people with opportunities for becoming more beautiful and, supposedly, for enjoying greater happiness. But at what cost?

"The Bioethics of Beauty," will be the focus of the next "talking circles" forum by the Baranzano Society from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday, March 29, in the Labuda Center for the Performing Arts at DeSales University. Guest panelists with a wide range of viewpoints include the reigning Miss Pennsylvania, medical professionals and academics. The program is open to the public free of charge.

Recent statistics reveal growing trends in surgical enhancements.  In the last decade, demand has risen enormously for liposuction (up 333 percent), tummy tucks (up 392 percent, and breast implants or lifts (up 584 percent).

Changing body size affects our shape.  Body sculpting transforms our look.  Through the marvels of surgery, the limitations of physical appearance can be overcome.  As the advertisements promise, you can be "you, only better." But at what price?  Is beauty more than physical appearance?  Does personal identity need surgical enhancement?

To discuss these and other disputed questions about medical treatments that go beyond therapy, the Baranzano Society will bring a panel of guest experts into dialogue with audience members.

Rodney Howsare, assistant professor of theology at DeSales, will moderate the panel, which includes:

Candace Otto, the reigning Miss Pennsylvania, who will speak to our cultural conception of beauty.

James Knowles, from the University of Pennsylvania, who will explore the psychological aspects of identity and individuality.

Dr. John Altobelli, a well-known plastic surgeon in the Lehigh Valley, who will present the promise and peril of medical enhancements.

Don Miller, a burn survivor, who will provide a personal counterpoint to the superficiality of social trends.

Funded through the local societies initiative of the Metanexus Institute on Science and Religion, the Baranzano Society is a regional group of university scholars, corporate professionals, and healthcare practitioners who meet regularly to discuss bioethical questions.  The society is sponsored by the Salesian Center for Faith & Culture at DeSales University.  For further information, contact the Salesian Center (610) 282-1100, ext. 1464.

Press Release: Baranzano Society to Discuss Bioethics of Beauty, Monday, March 29 | Posted on: 3/23/2004

For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive D
irector of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034

610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu

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