And Discussion Series On "Technology And The Human Person"
Will Raise Difficult Questions
January 22, 2002-- From cloning
and genetic manipulation to virtual reality and artificial intelligence,
new technological developments promise radical changes in our understanding
of what it means to be human.
a lecture and discussion series at the University of Virginia in
February and March, visiting scholars doing pathbreaking work in
fields as various as sociology, theology, law, politics, philosophy
and computer science will assess some of the benefits, dangers and
challenges that rapid advances in biotechnology and digital technology
present to the human experience. Programs, open to the public, will
be held Feb. 7, Feb. 28 and March 28.
hope is that this series will encourage valuable interdisciplinary
discussion about the ways that digital technology and biotechnology
challenge our most basic conceptions of the person," said Felicia
Wu Song, an Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture fellow and
program co-organizer. "Each lecture and panel promises to be
colloquium is sponsored by the institute and several U.Va. departments
and centers. A schedule and speakers are listed below. Each session
begins at 5:30 p.m. and consists of two lectures followed by a panel
conference information is on the institute's Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/iasc/colloquia.html
Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856