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Lecture 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.

In 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.

"Our 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 thought-provoking."

The 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 discussion.

Complete conference information is on the institute's Web site at http://www.virginia.edu/iasc/colloquia.html

Contact: Bob Brickhouse, (434) 924-6856

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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