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Ethics Lecture Series

Ethics Lecture Series

The ethics program at Agnes Scott College presents its 2013-14 lecture series:



October 15: Gillian Hue, "Neuroethics: An Overview"
7:30 pm, Letitia Pate Evans Hall, Rooms ABC 
Gillian Hue is a postdoctoral fellow in Science Education and Ethics in the Program in Science and Society, and a Program Associate in the Neuroethics Program at Emory University. She earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. She completed her doctoral research in Neuroscience at Emory University. In her current position, Dr. Hue teaches research ethics for scientists, and develops curricula to promote science literacy and ethical engagement across a range of educational levels. 

January 23: Owen Flanagan, "What Does Neuroscience Have To Do With Ethics?"
7:30 pm, Letitia Pate Evans Hall, Rooms ABC
Owen Flanagan is James B. Duke Professor of Philosophy, Professor of Psychology & Neurscience, and Professor of Neurobiology at Duke University, where he is also a Faculty Associate at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Co-director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from Fordham University, and his Ph.D. in philosophy from Boston University. Among his many publications are the books The Bodhisattva's Brain: Comparative Neurophilosophy and Selfless Persons (MIT Press, 2011); The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World (MIT Press, 2007); and Consciousness Reconsidered (MIT Press, 1992). In 2006, Professor Flanagan was the Templeton Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Southern California. In that capacity, he delivered six lectures on "Human Flourishing the the Age of Mind Science."

February 5:Karen Rommelfanger, "The Ethics of Cognitive Enhancement
7:30 p.m., Letitia Pate Evans Hall, Rooms ABC
Karen Rommelfanger is Director of the Neuroethics Program at the Center for Ethics and Assistant Professor in the Deparmtnet of Neurology at Emory University. After earning a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Texas, she received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Emory University. Her current research explores the nature and utility of placebo, using Psychogenic Movement Disorders as a therapeutic model. She is the author of numerous journal articles and serves as the Neroscience Editor-in-Residence for the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience. She has worked in laboratories in the U.S. and Japan using a broad array of neurotechnologies. Dr. Rommelfanger is founder of NEW (NeuroEthicsWomen) Leaders, and organization which facilitates professional development and scholarly networking for women in neuroethics. 

March 6: Felipe De Brigard, Title TBD
7:30 p.m. Teasley Lecture Hall, Bullock Science Center
Felipe De Brigard is Assistant Professor at Duke University, with faculty appointments in the Department of Philosophy, the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, and the Institute of Brain Sciences. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from the National University of Columbia, an M.A. in Philosophy from Tufts University, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Prior to his appointment at Duke, he was a post-doctoral fellow in Psychology at Harvard University. His research focuses on the interaction between memory and imagination. He has published in Neuropsychologia, Synthese, Psychological Science, and elsewhere.


Director of the Ethics Program
Lara Denis, Professor of Philosophy