Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Agnes Scott College's Ethics Program

Agnes Scott College's Ethics Program continues its 2006-07 speaker series, " Is Nature Ours? Ethics, Economics, and the Environment, " contintues with the following exciting events. I hope to see some of you at them! Please spread the word about these events to your students and colleagues. Flyers, which can be printed, are attached, as is a map of the campus with directions.

Monday, February 5, 2007
Peter G. Brown
" Becoming Citizens Worthy of the Earth "
7:30 p.m.
Evans Hall, terrace level, rooms ABC

Peter Brown is a Professor in the Departments of Geography and Natural Resource Science at the McGill University School of Environment. He is currently working on a book entitled, Reverence for Life: A Philosophy for Civilization. In his talk, Peter Brown will argue that humans don ' t own the Earth, and that the belief that we do is a significant cause of the environmental degradation that is overtaking us and many other species. He will show how this belief is rooted in our Judea-Christian and Greek heritages, and suggest a more promising future lies in Albert Schweitzer ' s idea of reverence for life.

Monday, March 5, 2007
Margo Bagley
" Issues in Patenting Life "
7:30 p.m.
Evans Hall, terrace level, rooms ABC

Margo A. Bagley is Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Ms. Bagley ' s research focuses on intellectual property issues and patent law. Before studying law, she earned a B.S. in chemical engineering and worked on research and development for Procter & Gamble. Her publications include "Patent First, Ask Questions Later: Morality and Biotechnology in U.S. Patent Law," in the William and Mary Law Review.

Monday, March 26, 2007
Ronald Bailey
" The Consequences of Misdiagnosing Environmental Problems: Overpopulation, Resource Depletion, Chemical Contamination, Global Warming and Other Environmental Problems "
7:30 p.m.
Evans Hall, terrace level, rooms ABC

Ronald Bailey is an award-winning science correspondent for Reason magazine. He is the author of Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution. He is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities. He is also an adjunct scholar at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Rabbi Hillel Norry and Mark Douglas
"Is Nature Ours? A Jewish-Christian Dialogue"
7:30 p.m.
Evans Hall, terrace level, rooms ABC

Hillel Norry is Rabbi at Congregation Shearith Israel, a Conservative, egalitarian congregation in Atlanta. Mark Douglas is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Columbia Theological Seminary. Rabbi Norry and Professor Douglas will discuss what they see their religions as suggesting about the proper relationship between human beings and the rest of creation. What, for example, do the Hebrew and Christian Bibles tell us about our relationship to other species, or our responsibilities to future generations?

All Ethics Program events are free and open to the public, and require no ticket for admission. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the series or particular events.

Lara Denis

Lara Denis
Associate Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department
Director, Ethics Program
Agnes Scott College

mail: ASC Box # 1068
141 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

phone: 404-471-5364
fax: 404-471-6369
email: ldenis@agnesscott.edu

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