Topeka, Kan. – Washburn University has named Margaret Pabst Battin as its 2017 Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink Visiting Professor in Leadership. Each year, the visiting professor speaks to classes at Washburn and gives a formal lecture. Battin’s lecture, “Suicide: That One Truly Serious Philosophical Problem,” will discuss the ethics of suicide and controversies over the role a person may have in ending their own life.
Battin’s lecture will be March 28 at 3:30 p.m. in the Bradbury Thompson Alumni Center on Washburn’s campus. It is free and open to the public.
Margaret Pabst Battin is a Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Internal Medicine in the Division of Medical Ethics at the University of Utah. Known as one of the “Mothers of Bioethics” with a prestigious reputation as one of the top philosophers in bioethics, Battin has authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited approximately twenty books on the subject. Battin’s ideas became very personal when her husband was in an accident that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down and with many health complications.
The Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink Visiting Professors in Leadership are made possible at Washburn University and Washburn Tech through the generosity of the Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink family. Visiting professors serve as guest lecturers in courses at Washburn as well as in the Topeka community. The professorships are intended to address concepts of leadership in various settings such as business, government, communities, and educational. The Ruth Garvey Cochener Fink Visiting Professors in Leadership series began in the fall of 2013 and has had more than 10 lecturers.