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Dr. Shapiro

The Institute for Practical Ethics celebrates its official launch at the University of California, San Diego with an exciting lecture by Dr. Beth Shapiro, Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Shapiro will deliver a talk entitled, "Can We, Should We, and Will We Bring Back Mammoths?" Dr. Shapiro's work focuses on using ancient DNA to infer evolutionary history and processes. Dr. Shapiro is the MacArthur Award-winning author of How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction, which considers the feasibility and desirability of bringing back passenger pigeons, steppe bison, mammoth and other currently extinct species.

Dr. Shapiro's lecture will be followed by a reception.

Please join us! 

Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location: Atkinson Pavilion, The Faculty Club @ UC San Diego
RSVP: EventBrite


Lecture: Genetic Manipulation in the Age of Biocapitalism: Commerce, Consumers, and CRISPR/Cas-9
Date: Monday, March 26, 2018
Time: 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Location: Marilyn Farquhar Conference Room, Center for Neural Circuits and Behavior (CNCB) 

Daniel Kevles will discuss historical and public policy issues related to modern genetics, especially the potential for applications of genome editing to emerging pressures toward a new eugenics movement in the U.S. and elsewhere. Prof. Kevles is a historian and ex-faculty chair at Cal Tech, emeritus professor of history and Law at Yale, and since his retirement, he is visiting professor at Columbia and NYU. He is best known for his 1985 book In the Name of Eugenics as well as for the 1998 The Baltimore Case.

Co-sponsored by the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society (TIGS), the Institute for Practical Ethics, and the Center for Genetic Therapies.

Please contact Kate O'Shaughnessy ( for any questions about this event.

Seminar: TBA (Biomedical Ethics Series)
Date: Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

Dr. Jodi Halpern, Professor of Bioethics, UC Berkeley School of Public Health, will speak.

Seminar: TBA (Biomedical Ethics Series) 
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Medical Teaching Facility, Room 175

Dan Brudney, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Chicago and Associate Faculty, MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics. 

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Seminar:  Art and Medicine (Biomedical Ethics Series)

Date: Wednesday, February 21, 2018
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Biomedical Research Facility 2, Room 2A03

Ted Meyer, LA artist, will discuss art and medicine. RSVP REQUIRED: Email  

Lecture:  Sociogenomics: An Emerging Ethos
Date: Thursday, January 25, 2018
Time: 12:30 – 1:50 p.m.
Location: Social Science Building (SSB) 101

Catherine Bliss, Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of California, San Francisco, and author of the forthcoming book, Social by Nature: The Promise and Peril of Sociogenomics (Stanford University Press 2018). Co-sponsored by the Department of Sociology and the Institute for Practical Ethics.

Seminar: Putting ‘Race’ on the Table: Voicing and Silencing Race and Ethnicity in News Coverage of Health and Medicine (Biomedical Ethics Series)
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Biomedical Research Facility 2, Room 1102

Dan Hallin, Professor, Dept. of Communication, UC San Diego.

Lecture: The Roads To and From the Paris Climate Agreement (Ethics in the Public Sphere Series)
Date: Friday, December 1, 2017
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Talk and Q&A, reception to follow)
Location: Faculty Club

Click here to read Prof. Light's lecture notes!

Andrew Light, University Professor of Philosophy, Public Policy, and Atmospheric Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also a Distinguished Senior Fellow in the Climate Program at the World Resources Institute in Washington, D.C. Organized by the Department of Philosophy. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics.

In December 2015, over 190 countries met in Paris for the 21st meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change where they succeeded in creating a new international climate agreement. Many have heralded the outcome as a groundbreaking achievement for international diplomacy and global climate action. Others have argued that the climate commitments that parties brought to the table in Paris are ultimately too weak to achieve the agreements’ lofty aspirations.  Whichever is true, the agreement is now undergoing an early and serious stress test with the announcement of the intended withdraw of the United States from the agreement. To better understand the significance of the Paris Agreement, and why it is worth fighting for its preservation, we will review the recent history of the UN climate negotiations, and how this outcome evolved from earlier failed attempts in this process, finally overcoming the immense hurdle of assigning responsibility for hitting global mitigation targets. From there we will look at what the future holds for global climate cooperation, including new opportunities for enhanced climate action.

Free and open to the public; no RSVP required.

Seminar: Race and Medicine (Biomedical Ethics Series)
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Medical Teaching Facility (MTF), Room 175

Michael O. Hardimon, PhD, Professor of Philosophy, will discuss race and medicine.

Seminar: Euthanasia (Biomedical Ethics Series)
Date: Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Time: 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Medical Teaching Facility (MTF), Room 175

Faye Girsh, PhD, Former President of the Hemlock Society, will discuss euthanasia.

Workshop: Skepticism and Open-mindedness in Science
Date: Friday, October 6, 2017
Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: The Village 15A 

Confirmed speakers include Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, a monthly columnist for Scientific American, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University, David Brin, science fiction author, Jamy Ian Swiss, magician and skeptic, Ken Wharton, physicist, Asheley Landrum, psychologist, and others.

Organized by Craig Callender and V. S. Ramachandran. Co-sponsored by the Institute for Practical Ethics and the Science Studies Program.

For more information, please see the event website here.