Spring 2018: Frankenstein, and Rapidly Accelerating Technologies

Frankenstein across Fields of Learning

Conveners: Laura Otis and Paul Root Wolpe
Wednesdays 1-4:00 pm

2018 will mark two hundred years since the publication of Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein, whose thought- provoking depiction of science, ethics, cruelty, and compassion continues to challenge scientists and artists.

This University Course brings together faculty from medicine, public health, bioethics, disability studies, law, literary and cultural studies, film studies, the natural and physical sciences, and the arts to discuss the questions of knowledge-seeking and responsibility that Shelley’s novel raises. 

Rapidly Accelerating Technologies: Challenges and Opportunities

Conveners: Holli Semetko, Benn Konsynski, and K.M. Venkat Narayan
Mondays 3-6:00 pm

Rapidly accelerating technologies are impacting all aspects of life on the planet. This University Course, offering perspectives from the arts and sciences, business, public health, and medicine, focuses on understanding exponential technologies, the challenges and opportunities they present, and what we can do in this rapidly changing climate for the benefit of humankind.