LEWISTON — Bates College philosophy professor David Cummiskey will be the next featured speaker at the Great Falls Forum at noon on Thursday, Oct. 20, in the Lewiston Public Library’s Callahan Hall.

He will present “Understanding the End of Aging,” an exploration of the medical, ethical and existential dimensions of efforts to slow down or halt the aging process.

Besides serving as professor and chair of philosophy at Bates College, Cummiskey is a medical ethics consultant at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick and sits on the medical ethics committee at Central Maine Healthcare in Lewiston. He also served on the board of directors for the Maine Bioethics Network and the Bioethics Advisory Committee for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Cummiskey’s research and publications discuss contemporary issues in moral and political theory and he is currently working on cross-cultural ethics, focusing in particular on Confucian, Buddhist and Islamic approaches to medical ethics. He is the author of “Kantian Consequentialism” and is currently writing a book on intercultural bioethics.

His awards include the Newcombe Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, a National Endowment for the Humanities research fellowship, and a Bates College Phillips Fellowship. Cummiskey received his master of arts in political science and his Ph.D from the University of Michigan.

The Great Falls Forum is a monthly brown-bag speaker series featuring statewide and regional leaders in public policy, business, academia and the arts. The programs are free, open to the public, and no reservations are required. Coffee, tea and bottled water are provided for a donation.

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