Koller/ Menzel Memorial Lecture
2020 Koller/Menzel Memorial Lecture: The Uses and Abuses of Identity
3:30 p.m. | March 6 | Chris Knutzen
Dr. Kwame Anthony Appiah
Professor of Law and Philosophy, NYU
Heather Koller ’94 was a philosophy major and an English minor who aspired to a career as a writer. She served PLU as a student government senator and was recognized as a Sankta Lucia bride. Heather died of connective tissue cancer a month after her graduation, a source of pain she had bravely fought through her college career. In her honor, her parents, Brant and Carol Koller, and her sister, Jennifer Behn ’92, established a memorial lecture. The annual lecture focuses on creative writing or ethics, Heather’s special interests. ~ Mast 1996-1997 v 27 no 14
Taught philosophy at Pacific Lutheran University from 1971 to 2012, having been educated at Wooster, Yale, and Vanderbilt. Teaching widely in philosophy and cross-disciplinary curricula, he has also published specialized scholarly work in health care ethics, including two books on moral questions in health care economics, numerous articles on health system structure and health care reform, and a recently co-edited volume (2012) on the tension between treatment and prevention in health policy. Courses in the last decade of his teaching include Biomedical Ethics, Human Identity and Bioethics, Health and Social Justice, Business Ethics, Human Rights, and The Nature of Human Well-Being. He also served Pacific Lutheran University in various administrative positions, including Provost. He retired to Professor Emeritus in summer 2012.