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Tuesday October 5th, 2010

Why We Play: Sports, Drugs, and Meanings

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Thomas H. Murray, Ph.D., President and CEO, The Hastings Center

Tuesday October 5, 2010, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Oliver C. Schroeder Jr. Scholar-in-Residence Lecture presented by the Law-Medicine Center at Case Western Reserve University School of Law

The controversy over elite athletes using anabolic steroids, growth hormone, and other performance enhancing drugs largely overlooks three crucial issues. First is the context of athletic competition, the forces that press athletes to consider using drugs, and the nearly universal desire among athletes for a level playing field. Second is the far larger community of amateur athletes including tens of millions of young people. Third are a set of disputes over the meanings of key concepts in sport: What is a level playing field and is it achievable or even desirable? What constitutes fairness in sport? Why does sport accept, even need, seemingly arbitrary limits on equipment and other rules? And, finally, what makes sport worthwhile, a meaningful human endeavor: In other words, why do we play?

Dr. Murray will take on issues of fairness and justice; social policy ideas like harm reduction strategies in drug policy; reflections on liberty, paternalism, and public health; off-label and non-therapeutic drug use, including use supervised or promoted by physicians

Thomas H. Murray is President and CEO of The Hastings Center. Dr. Murray was formerly the Director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University, where he was also the Susan E. Watson Professor of Bioethics. He serves on many editorial boards, has been president of the Society for Health and Human Values and of the
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, and among other current posts serves as Chair of the Ethical Issues Review Panel for the World Anti-Doping Agency and as International Expert Advisor to Singapore�s Bioethics Advisory Committee. Dr. Murray has testified before many Congressional committees and is the author of more than 200 publications including The
Worth of a Child, The Cultures of Caregiving: Conflict and Common Ground among Families, Health Professionals and Policy Makers, edited with Carol Levine, and Genetic Ties and the Family: The Impact of Paternity Testing on Parents and Children, edited with Mark A. Rothstein, Gregory E. Kaebnick and Mary Anderlik Majumder, and most recently, Performance-Enhancing Technologies in Sports: Ethical, Conceptual, and Scientific Issues, edited with Karen J. Maschke and Angela A. Wasunna. He is also editor, with Maxwell J. Mehlman, of the Encyclopedia of Ethical, Legal and Policy Issues in Biotechnology. In January 2004 he received an honorary Doctor of Medicine degree from Uppsala University.