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The Religious Consultation on Population, Reproductive Health & Ethics

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Rev. Dr. Gloria H. Albrecht

Associate Professor of Religious Studies, University of Detroit Mercy

Rev. Dr. Gloria H. Albrecht is a Christian feminist ethicist whose focus is on issues of social justice, particularly economic issues, from the perspective of women's experiences. She is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Detroit Mercy. She has written two books, The Character of Our Communities: Toward an Ethic of Liberation for the Church, 1995 and Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques, 1999. Dr. Albrecht is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Association of Professional and Practical Ethics, the Society of Christian Ethics, and the Northeast Feminist Ethics Consultation. Dr.Albrecht's views are her own and do not indicate or imply institutional agreement with her views"

Dr. Jose Barzelatto

Vice President, Center for Health and Social Policy

Dr. Jose Barzelatto is Vice President of the Center for Health and Social Policy, a recently established NGO with the goal of contributing to the improvement of health worldwide. Previously, he was the Director of Reproductive Health and Population at the Ford Foundation and Director, Special Program of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction at the World Health Organization (WHO). To date, Dr. Barzelatto has published over 100 works. .

Dr. Mary C. Churchill

Assistant professor of women's studies and religious
studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Dr. Churchill's areas of concentration include women's studies and Native American religions. She has lectured and published a number of articles on these subjects in American Indian Quarterly, Gay and Lesbian Biography, New Scholar, Lesbian Histories and Cultures and Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion. She is a member of the National Women's Studies Association, American Academy of Religion, Society for the Study of Native American Religious Traditions and the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures. She is a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, for 2001-2002.

Dr. Christine E. Gudorf

Associate Professor at the Department of Religion and Who_are_we, Florida International University

Christine Gudorf is an associate professor at the department of Religion and Who_are_we at Florida International University. Ms. Gudorf is a Catholic theologian who has written a number of articles on ethics, religion, reproductive health, women's issues, sexuality and spirituality. She has traveled to Latin and South America and Eastern Europe on various religious and feminist research projects. Her published books include Body, Sex and Pleasure: Reconstructing Christian Sexual Ethics, 1994, Victimization: Examining Christian Complicity, 1992; and, Women's Consciousness: A Reader in Feminist Ethics, 1985. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Society of Christian Ethics and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of the American Academy of Religion.

Dr. Riffat Hassan

Professor, Religious Studies and Humanities professor at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky

Dr. Riffat Hassan is a feminist Muslim theologian and Religious Studies and Humanities professor at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Originally from Pakistan, Dr. Hassan is world renowned for her work toward progressive Muslim thought. She has lectured throughout the world on Muslim faith and the rights of Muslim women. In 1994, Hassan served as a plenary speaker at the United Nations International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo, Egypt. The following year, Dr. Hassan addressed over 30,000 women from all over the world at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in China. She has taught and lectured at Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania, Oklahoma State University and Harvard University.

Dr. Ping Hsiung

Chair of the Cultural and Intellectual History Department, Institute of Modern History

Hsiung, Ping Chen is the Chair of the Cultural and Intellectual History Department at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan (ROC). She is also a research fellow at the same institute and sits on the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History. Her fields of specialization are modern Chinese cultural and social history, medicine and health. She has published a number of books on these subjects and has lectured in the United States, Taiwan (ROC) and Germany. She is also the Founder and Director of the Research Center for Medicine and Culture at the College of Medicine, National Taiwan University.

Dr. Anrudh K. Jain

Senior Director of Policy and Regional Programs, International Programs Division of the Population Council

Anrudh Jain is the Senior Director of Policy and Regional Programs in the International Programs Division of the Population Council. He is trained as a social demographer, but his research interests span a wide range of topics in population and health. He has published over 70 articles in peer reviewed journals, books, and proceedings on topics related to population policy, fertility, reproductive health and family planning, safety and effectiveness of contraceptives, marketing of contraceptives and management of pregnancies. He has edited or co-authored five books on population policies, contraceptive use and fertility in Gujarat, quality of care, infant mortality in India and fertility in Asia.

Dr. Sandhya Jain

Social Development Consultant and Columnist, The Pioneer

Sandhya Jain is a social development consultant and columnist with The Pioneer, a leading newspaper of Delhi. Ms. Jain writes extensively on contemporary issues relating to the ethos of India, underdevelopment, education, women, child and social abuse. She is a member of the Media Editorial Board of Stree Shakti, the official magazine of the Department of Women and Child Development, Ministry of HRD. She is also a contributing member of the Indo-UK Roundtable.

Dr. Sa'diyya Shaikh

National Conference for Community and Justice

Sa'diyya Shaikh is a fulltime PhD candidate working on her dissertation on Marriage, Sexuality and Gender in Islam at the Department of Religion at Temple University. She was the Director of Seminarians Interacting at the National Conference for Community and Justice from 1991 to 2001. Ms. Shaikh specializes in the study of Islam and women's issues and has presented numerous conference papers on these subjects.

Dr. Ge Ling Shang

Research fellow in Chinese Who_are_we and ethics, Harvard-Yenchin Institute, Harvard University

Hsiung, Ping Chen is the Chair of the Cultural and Intellectual History Department at the Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan (ROC). She is also a research fellow at the same institute and sits on the editorial board of the Bulletin of the Institute of Modern History. Her fields of specialization are modern Chinese cultural and social history, medicine and health. She has published a number of books on these subjects and has lectured in the United States, Taiwan (ROC) and Germany. She is also the Founder and Director of the Research Center for Medicine and Culture at the College of Medicine, National Taiwan University.

Dr. Arvind Sharma

Professor, McGill University

Dr. Arvind Sharma is a professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University in Montreal, Canada and a Lecturer at the Department of Studies in Religion at the University of Sydney, Australia. Dr. Sharma specializes in the study of Hinduism and has written extensively on the subject. His most recent works include A Jain Perspective on the Who_are_we of Religion (Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass, 2001); Classical Hindu Thought: An Introduction (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2000); and The Concept of Universal Religion in Modern Hindu Thought (London: Macmillan, 1998; New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1998). He has consulted for both the United States and Indian governments on matters of culture and ethics in Hinduism.

Dr. Parichart Suwanbubha

Lecturer, Mahidol University

Parichart Suwanbubha is a theologian lecturing at Mahidol University in Salaya, Thailand. She received her Ph.D in Systematic Theology at the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago and is currently researching Buddhism in Hamburg, Germany. Ms. Suwanbubha has given numerous presentations on Buddhism in the United States, Germany, Singapore and Thailand. She has published a number of articles on the role of Buddhism in economics, medicine, culture and ethics. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the World Fellowship for Buddhists.

Dr. Laurie Zoloth

Director of Bioethics, Northwestern University

She is President-Elect of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. She is also the co-founder of the Ethics Practice, a group that has provided bioethics consultation and education services to health care providers and health care systems nationally. She has taught, researched and published extensively in the areas of ethics, family, feminist theory, Jewish studies and social policy. Her book, The Ethics of Encounter, on justice, health policy, the Oregon health care reforms and the ethics of community was published in the fall of 1999. She is on the national advisory boards of a number of organizations and associations and is a member of the editorial board of Shofar, The Journal of Clinical Ethics and the Second Opinion.

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