This week’s Public Affairs Discussion Group to cover performance-enhancing drug policies in sports

Max MehlmanThe weekly Public Affairs Discussion Group will continue this week with a talk titled, “Why Performance Enhancing Drugs Should be Legal in Sports.”

Max Mehlman, the Arthur E. Petersilge Professor of Law and director of the Law-Medicine Center, will lead the discussion, which will take place Friday, Oct. 25, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Dampeer Room at Kelvin Smith Library.

Mehlman views drugs in sports as part of a broader set of questions that he addressed in The Price of Perfection: Individualism and Society in the Era of Biomedical Enhancement (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009). He sees little logic in current policies about what is allowed and what is not, and makes the case for a much more targeted approach to any regulation.

Since 1989, faculty, emeriti, students and staff have gathered on Fridays for a brown-bag lunch and to discuss topics in public affairs.

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