FrankenCon: Roundtable Discussion: Science and Ethics

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Start Time: 
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 11:00am
End Time: 
Saturday, November 23, 2019 - 12:45pm
Location: 
Second Stage (Theater Arts Center)
Organizer: 
The Humanities Institute and The Division of the Arts at UC Santa Cruz

For over two hundred years, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein has haunted our days and chilled our dreaming nights. Celebrate and explore the enduring legacy of the world’s first science-fiction horror story with FRANKENCON, a two-day conference of scientists, theorists, and artists at UC Santa Cruz. The conference is in conjunction with the Theater Arts Department production of The Frankenstein Project, written and directed by Kirsten Brandt.

FrankenCon 2019 is presented by The Humanities Institute and The Division of the Arts at UC Santa Cruz, with the support of Porter College, Crown College, The Science & Justice Research Center, The Theater Arts Department, Oakes College, and the Department of Art & Design: Games & Playable Media; and with the generosity of our friends at DNA's Comedy Lab & Experimental Theatre and Good Times Santa Cruz.

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11:00AM—12:45PM, Second Stage 
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Science & Ethics
What is “mad science” and how do we guard ourselves against it? What has Frankenstein taught scientists and cultural critics about the dangers of science without conscience? 

Moderator: Michael Chemers (Theater Arts)
Panelists: George Blumenthal (Astronomy & Astrophysics), David Haussler (Genomics Institute), Nandini Bhattacharya (Mathematics) and Jenny Reardon (Science & Justice Research Center).