Perfection and Imperfection in the Age of the Genome
panel and discussion
10 to 12 AM
Hutton Honors College Great Hall (corner of 7th and Woodlawn)
This panel brings together ethicists, philosophers, biologists, historians of science, dancers and choreographers, and scholars working on issues of disability, aging, and religion to examine from the point of view of their knowledge and experience the following questions: What ethical, philosophical, and scientific implications arise from our increasing knowledge and control of biotechnology and the genome? How do we evaluate our attitudes toward aging, disability and death, the quest for human perfection, who we are and want to be? What do history and philosophy offer as guideposts? How do we raise these conversations to reach a wide audience?
Provost Karen Hanson-philosophy and aesthetics
Professor Lisa Sideris-religion and ethics
Professor Sarah Phillips-anthropology and disability studies
Professor Phil Stafford-anthropology and aging and community
Professor Susan Seizer-communication and culture
Professor Elisabeth Lloyd-history and philosophy of science
Professor Matthew Hahn--Biology
Liz Lerman-Director, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, choreographer, MacArthur Fellow
Martha Wittman-choreographer and dancer with the Dance Exchange
Ben Wegman-lead project dancer with the Dance Exchange
The panel will be moderated by Professor Tom Gieryn, sociology.
We invite audience members to participate in the conversation generated by the comments and thoughts of the panelists.