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January 26, 2004

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A six-figure donation by a benefactor will be used to establish the Viterbo Endowed Lectureship in Ethics at Viterbo University.
“The first recipient will be Father Kevin Fitzgerald of Georgetown University, who is the keynote speaker at our upcoming humanities symposium examining the ethical questions raised by recent advances in science,” said Rick Kyte, director of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership. “Fitzgerald is one of the nation’s premier authorities on genetics and bioethics and holds doctorates in both fields.”

Fitzgerald will speak on campus at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 in the Main Theatre of the Fine Arts Center.

“The Viterbo Endowed Lectureship in Ethics enables Viterbo University to attract nationally distinguished scholars and professional leaders to engage in examination of timely issues and timeless principles with students, faculty, and community members,” he said. “Distinguished visiting lecturers bring a broad range of experience and expertise, providing insights and experiences, thus enriching the overall curriculum at the university.”

The perpetual lectureship will be granted to one person each academic year and may develop into a Visiting and/or Distinguished Professorship. The initial amount of the honorarium will be up to $5,000, with the amount of the award increasing as additional funds are generated.

Kyte, in consultation with Viterbo University President Bill Medland and the Ethics Advisory Council, will select candidates for the lectureship.

Terms of the endowed lectureship recipient’s responsibilities will be negotiated upon selection. The recipient will be asked to provide at least one public lecture and a number of other lectures/discussions with Viterbo students and staff and/or members of the surrounding community.
The person donating the money to establish the lectureship has asked to remain anonymous.

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