Popular author and professor of medical law Alexander McCall Smith will give a lecture under the auspices of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics today (April 16). His topic will be “How to Do Things With People Who Aren’t: The Moral Responsibility of the Author.” Best known to the public as the author of highly acclaimed novels, including “The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series and, of special interest to academics, the “Portuguese Irregular Verbs” entertainments, McCall Smith is also a professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, and has written works on medical ethics; criminal law; and philosophical and legal aspects of responsibility.
The lecture will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Harvard Sackler Museum Auditorium, 32 Quincy St. (corner of Broadway and Quincy), and a question-and-answer session will follow. Free tickets for the event may be obtained in person at the Harvard Box Office, Harvard Arcade, 1350 Massachusetts Ave., or by calling the box office at (617) 496-2222. More information may be found at www.ethics.harvard.edu.