COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Center for Health Ethics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine will host its ninth annual Pellegrino Lecture from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, in MU Memorial Union's Stotler Lounge, Room N103. The lecture, a discussion about the ethics of obesity, is part of an annual ethics conference sponsored by the MU Health System. This year's lecture, titled "From Moral Blame to Environmental Accounts of Obesity: An Ethical and Political Discussion," will be given by Anna Kirkland, Ph.D., J.D., associate professor of women's studies and political science at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Kirkland will discuss current methods of responding to obesity from a health care standpoint, whether the responses are successful and what the ethical ramifications of obesity care might be. Registration is not required for the Thursday evening lecture, which is free and open to the public. For more information, please call (573) 882-2738. The annual lecture is named for Edmund Pellegrino, M.D., a former chair of the U.S. President's Council on Bioethics. Pellegrino also served as an adjunct professor of medicine and ethics at the MU Center for Health Ethics and was a professor emeritus of medicine and medical ethics at Georgetown University's Center for Clinical Bioethics. Pellegrino died June 13, 2013.