The ethical and philosophical dilemmas in Frankenstein are even more relevant today than they were in 1818 when Mary Shelley released her famous novel. 200 years later we now have the technology to create and modify life. Join us for a conversation on artificial intelligence, cloning, genetic modification, growing brains from human neural tissue, and more!
Dr. Jason T. Eberl is Professor of Health Care Ethics in the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University. He authored ‘Thomistic Principles and Bioethics, ‘The Routledge Guidebook to Aquinas’ Summa Theologiae’ and ‘Contemporary Controversies in Catholic Bioethics.’ He’s also edited volumes on philosophical themes in ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Star Trek,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ ‘Battlestar Galactica,’ and the films of Christopher Nolan.
Dr. Emily Beckman is Director and Assistant Professor of the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. She is also Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and in 2010 completed a Fellowship in Clinical Medical Ethics at the Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics.
Rufus Cochran is a computer engineer, the creator of the combat robotics team “denkbots” and founder of the Indiana Science Communication and Education Foundation. He has mentored in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition and other STEM programs for high school students for over a decade with the hopes of inspiring the next generation to use these technologies to help solve our societies’ greatest challenges.