2011 Georgia Tech Debate

Stem Cell Debate at Georgia Institute of Technology

On March 10th, 2011, Fr. Tad participated in a debate with James Shepherd on the ethics of stem cell research at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Shepherd is the co-founder of the Shepherd Center, which has garnered international recognition for the treatment of spinal cord injury, brain injury and multiple sclerosis. In a classroom filled with students, graduate students and faculty, their structured and energetic debate continued for nearly an hour, with Dr. Aaron Levine, assistant professor in the School of Public Policy, serving as moderator and timekeeper. 


For a brief, 4 minute sampling of their remarkable dialogue and exchange, see:




For the full-length, 57 minute debate, see:


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