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Is mental illness an affliction or an organic brain disorder? Are the "insane" deserving of charity? How do we decide what is "aberrant" behavior. These are some of the issues that will be addressed at a public lecture on Jan. 29 at 4 p.m., in the Selover Room of the Bair Family Student Center on the campus of Rocky Mountain College.

Jonathan Lukens, working on a joint master's degree in bioethics and doctoral degree in social policy program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy and the Medicine's Center for Bioethics, will visit the RMC campus for three days, beginning Jan. 27. He will lecture in philosophy and religion classes, present a lecture to a faculty forum and a public lecture.

"We are honored to have someone in an Ivy League Ph.D program with Mr. Lukens' credentials to discuss some critical mental health issues," said Dr. Ellis Bagley, RMC assistant professor of philosophy and religious thought.

At the end of the fall semester of 2002, Lukens graduated from RMC with honors with a degree in Philosophy and Religious Thought.

While earning his master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Lukens focused his research on mental health services and policy, especially where it intersects with the criminal justice system. Lukens graduated with a Master of Social Work in the spring of 2007.

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