College hosting DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy


Larry Temkin. Courtesy GVSU

Wednesday is the last day to register for a discussion downtown on medical ethics.

The bi-annual DeVos Medical Ethics Colloquy, covering the “Ethics of Access to Health Care,” will take place on Sept. 17 from 5:30-8:10 p.m. in the second-floor multi-purpose room of the Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids, at 301 Fulton St.

The discussion will be moderated by Carl Ver Beek, a retired partner of Varnum, and feature author and journalist T.R. Reid and Rutgers University professor and philosopher Larry Temkin.

Ver Beek, a former labor and employment attorney for Varnum, has served as chair for the boards of Holland Home, Health Net of West Michigan, Jellema House and Bethany Christian Services.

Temkin is the author of “Rethinking the Good: Moral Ideals and the Nature of Practical Reasoning” and “Inequality.” Temkin's individualistic approach to inequality has been adopted by the World Health Organization and the Gates Foundation in their measurements of the global burden of disease.

Reid is a contributor to The Washington Post and NPR. He is the author of many books, including “The Healing of America,” a national bestseller that spurred two PBS "Frontline" documentaries. Reid's recent PBS documentary, "U.S. Health Care: The Good News," is airing on affiliate stations across the country. 

The event includes refreshments and is free and open to the public.

Registration is available online to attend the event in person or virtually.

Attendees may opt to earn Continuing Medical Education or Nursing CEU credit for the event.

Students may register separately to meet the speakers before the event.

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