Joseph J Fins Speaks at Russell House

fins_josephjFrom Sophia Franchi ‘GRAD:

Distinguished doctor and medical researcher Joseph J. Fins, MD, will discuss his new work on Thursday, November 5th, 2015, at 8:00 pm in Wesleyan University’s Russell House.

A Wesleyan alumnus and former trustee, Joseph J. Fins is Chief of the Division of Medical Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical College and Director of Ethics at Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The author of over 250 publications, Fins is a co-author of a landmark 2007 Nature paper that described the first use of deep brain stimulation in the minimally conscious state. His most recent book, Rights Come to Mind: Brain Injury, Ethic, and the Struggle for Consciousness (Cambridge University Press, August, 2015), places society’s obligations to patients with severe injury within the historical legacy of the civil and disability rights movements.

Free and open to the public. Reception and book signing to follow the reading. For more information, please call 860.685.3448 or visit

Date: Thursday, November 5
Time: 8-10 PM
Place: Russell House

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