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Carmela Epright presents ‘What Really Matters?’ L.D. Johnson Lecture

November 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Furman Professor of Philosophy M. Carmela Epright will speak Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in Daniel Memorial Chapel on campus. A reception in the Bryan Garden Room follows her address.

Epright will deliver the L.D. Johnson Memorial Lecture, “What Really Matters?” Her talk is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Furman Office of Spiritual Life.

Epright will discuss the patients she has served, and the severely mentally ill defendants whose evaluations and trials she has witnessed in her 25 years working in clinical medical ethics. Specifically, she will discuss the nature of suffering and the contributions that individuals can make toward the alleviation of suffering – even those who work in non-traditional fields – and how those contributions can make an enormous difference in the lives of others.

In addition to her faculty role at Furman, Epright is a clinical professor of neuropsychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, and a clinical professor of biomedical sciences at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Greenville.

She has served as the inaugural McDowell Fellow in Philosophy and Social Policy at American University, as a visiting scholar to the Medical University of South Carolina, The University of South Carolina Medical School’s Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, and to the Institute for Applied Ethics at Dartmouth College.

Epright received her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in philosophy and an M.A. in applied ethics from Loyola University, Chicago.

In 2004 she received the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching.

In addition to her work as a professor, Epright serves as a clinical ethicist and ethics consultant to numerous medical entities, including the South Carolina Medical Association, the Medical University of South Carolina, and both branches of the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (Greenville and Columbia).

She has received nearly $1 million in individual grants to support her research from such organizations as the John and Ethel Piper Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation, and has published articles in bioethics, psychiatry, moral theory, and philosophy of law.

Her current research focuses upon the evaluation and treatment of the criminally mentally ill, mental illness and mass shootings, human rights issues as they relate to persons with mental illnesses, and behavioral genetics, epigenetics, and social justice.

The L.D. Johnson Lecture Series was established to honor the life and work of the late L.D. Johnson who served as chaplain at Furman from 1967-1981.

For more information, contact Susan Bennett in the Office of Spiritual Life at 864-294-2133 and


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November 12, 2019
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Daniel Memorial Chapel