Join us in Edmonton on January 8 for the 2015 Olivieri Lectureship on Medical Ethics

"When Celebrity Culture and Science Clash: The Distortion of Independent Research."

Our perceptions of beauty, health, success, and happiness are framed by a popular culture that is increasingly disconnected from reality. This isnít just a hyperbolic assertion. Research tells us that our health decisions and goals are influenced by both celebrity culture and celebrity endorsements, that our childrenís ambitions are now overwhelmingly governed by the fantasy of fame, and that our ideals of beauty and success are mediated through a celebrity-dominated worldview. The celebrity brand is at once the most desired state of being (modern-day royalty!) and one of the most socially problematic. In this presentation professor Timothy Caulfield looks at what the emerging evidence tells us about the influence of popular culture on a range of issues associated with our health and wellbeing and on representations of science.

Timothy Caulfield

Timothy Caulfield, Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy and Professor in the Faculty of Law and the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta.

January 8, 2015
Humanities Centre Lecture 1
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta

Poster for January 2015 Olivieri Lectureship in Medical Ethics

David C. Johnson president of Harry Crowe Foundation

(June 27, 2013-Ottawa) At their June 25, 2013 general meeting, the Harry Crowe Foundation directors elected University of Alberta professor emeritus David C. Johnson as president. Professor Johnson taught Latin American history and has done extensive research on Colombia. He currently sits as Special Advisor to the Faculty Relations Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) at the University of Alberta where he advises on academic freedom and research integrity matters.

Also newly elected to the Foundation's board of directors is University of British Columbia professor emeritus William Bruneau. He is a former member of the CAUT Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee and a recipient of the Milner Award for significant contributions to the advancement of academic freedom.

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