Visiting professor to discuss 'Culture of Life vs. Culture of Death'

Visiting professor to discuss 'Culture of Life vs. Culture of Death'

Ethicist and author Dr. Janet Smith, who is a scholar in residence this semester at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity of the University of St. Thomas, will discuss "The Culture of Life vs. the Culture of Death: The Connection Between Contraception, Abortion, Assisted Suicide and Same-Sex Unions" in a lecture here next week.

Dr. Janet Smith

Smith will give the talk at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in the auditorium of O'Shaughnessy Educational Center on the university's St. Paul campus.

Free and open to the public, the talk is co-sponsored by two St. Thomas student groups, Catholic Witness and Students for Human Life.

Smith holds the Father Michael J. McGivney Chair of Life Ethics at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. She has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Steubenville and the Thomas Aquinas Award from Ave Maria University.

She is the author of Humanae Vitae: A Generation Later and Life Issues, Medical Choices, Questions and Answers for Catholics. She also is editor of Why Humanae Vitae Was Right: A Reader. Her newest book, The Right to Privacy, was released in August by Ignatius Press.

Smith has taught at the University of Notre Dame and the University of Dallas, where she received the Haggar Teaching Award. She also received the Pro-Life Person of the Year from the Diocese of Dallas and the Cardinal Wright Award from the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars. Smith is serving a second term as a consultor to the Pontifical Council on the Family.

More than a million copies of her talk, "Contraception: Why Not?" have been distributed .

Smith also will discuss "Stop! In the Name of Love: John Paul II on Transforming Sexual Desire" at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the auditorium of O'Shaughnessy Educational Center. That talk is part of the Archbishop Ireland Memorial Lecture Series.