Converging Roads is a regional conference series offering continuing education for health care professionals that equips them to practice the highest ethical and medical standards of their profession. To learn more about Converging Roads, click here.
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Melissa Moschella, PhD, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America and a McDonald Distinguished Fellow in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University School of Law. She serves as Associate Editor of Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, on the editorial board of The National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly and on the editorial advisory board of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy. Dr. Moschella graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College, earned a Master’s in Philosophy summa cum laude from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, and received her Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Princeton University. Her research and teaching focus on natural law, biomedical ethics, and the family, covering a variety of contemporary issues such as brain death, end-of-life ethics, parental rights, sexual ethics, abortion, reproductive technologies and conscience rights. Dr. Moschella is the author of To Whom Do Children Belong? Parental Rights, Civic Education and Children’s Autonomy (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and of numerous articles published in scholarly journals as well as popular media outlets, including Bioethics, The Journal of Medical Ethics, The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy, Christian Bioethics, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
Abbot Placid Solari, O.S.B., a native of Richmond, Virginia, was professed as a monk of Belmont Abbey in 1975. He was ordained in 1980 by The Most Reverend Michael Begley, Bishop of Charlotte. He served at St. Michael Church in Gastonia, NC, from 1979-1982, and has assisted in various pastoral and educational ministries in the Diocese of Charlotte. In November of 1999, Abbot Placid was elected the 8th Abbot of Belmont Abbey. Abbot Placid is the Chancellor of Belmont Abbey College, and has previously served the college as an assistant professor in the Theology Department, as Vice President for Academic Affairs, and as interim President. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Bellarmine College in Louisville, KY, in 1974. He earned the S.T.B. degree in Theology from the International Benedictine College of Sant’ Anselmo in Rome in 1978, and a doctorate in Theology and Patristic Sciences from the Pontifical Patristic Institute “Augustinianum,” also in Rome.
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