2008 Spring Human Evolution 2.0: Biotechnology and the Future of Human Nature

May 1, 2008

“Mechanical Love”

“Mechanical Love” is a documentary on the interrelationship between robots and humans. The film portrays people who have a close relationship with a robot, and it takes us from the high temple of robot technology, Tokyo, Japan, to Braunschweig, Germany, to Italy and back to Copenhagen, Denmark. By this world tour director Phie Ambo seeks […]

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April 29, 2008

Hank Greely

Hank Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor (by courtesy) of Genetics at Stanford University. He specializes in legal and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences and in health law and policy. He chairs the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research and the steering […]

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April 24, 2008

“Lake of Fire”

Ever since Roe v. Wade, the United States has been deeply divided on the issue of abortion. In that landmark case, an unmarried woman was refused an abortion in Texas. The judicial challenge that followed won women the right to legal abortions. Proponents and opponents have lined up on either side of the issue ever […]

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April 22, 2008

Laurie Zoloth

Laurie Zoloth is Director of the Center for Bioethics, Science and Society and Professor of Medical Ethics and Humanities at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Professor of Religion and a member of the Jewish Studies faculty at Northwestern University, Weinberg College of Arts and Science. She is also the Director of Northwestern University’s […]

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April 18, 2008

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an American environmentalist and writer who frequently writes about global warming, alternative energy, and the risks associated with human genetic engineering. Beginning in the summer of 2006, he led the organization of the largest demonstrations against global warming in American history. Beginning in January 2007 he founded to demand that Congress […]

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April 17, 2008

“No End in Sight”

The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind Iraq’s descent into guerilla war, warlord rule, criminality and anarchy, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness and venality. Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall […]

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April 10, 2008


“A powerful, emotional and relevant reminder of the heartbreaking toll war takes on the innocent, Nanking tells the story of the Japanese invasion of Nanking, China, in the early days of World War II. As part of a campaign to conquer all of China, the Japanese subjected Nanking — which was then China’s capital — […]

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April 8, 2008

Edward McCabe

Edward R.B. McCabe, M.D., Ph.D., is Professor and Executive Chair of the UCLA Department of Pediatrics, and Physician-in-Chief of the Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. He directs the Pediatric Research, Innovation and Mentoring Experience (PRIME) Program, the UCLA Child Health Research Career Development Award, the Human and Molecular Development Postdoctoral Training Program and the UCLA […]

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April 3, 2008

“Taxi to the Dark Side”

The death of an Afghani taxi driver in US military custody is at the center of this disturbing documentary about the Bush administration’s policy on detainee interrogation techniques — what Gibney and others call torture. Five days after taxi-driver Dilawar was turned over to US military detention he was found dead. A medical examiner confirmed […]

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March 27, 2008

“Terror’s Advocate”

This documentary profiles the controversial French lawyer Jacques Vergés, who has spent his life defending terrorists of all stripes. After representing Algerian separatist Djamila Bouhired — and losing her case — Vergés mysteriously disappeared from public view for almost a decade. When he returned, he once again picked up his fight for those who hope […]

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March 25, 2008

Gregory Stock

Gregory Stock has explored the larger evolutionary significance of humanity’s recent technological progress for many years, and he examined the subject at length in his 1993 book, Metaman: The Merging of Humans and Machines into a Global Superorganism (Simon & Schuster). Following its publication, he spent a year at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public […]

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March 11, 2008

William Hurlbut, MD

“William B. Hurlbut is a physician and Consulting Professor at the Neuroscience Institute.  After receiving his undergraduate and medical training at Stanford University, he completed postdoctoral studies in theology and medical ethics, studying with Robert Hamerton-Kelly, the Dean of the Chapel at Stanford, and subsequently with the Rev. Louis Bouyer of the Institut Catholique de […]

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March 6, 2008

Charis Thompson

Dr. Charis Thompson is Associate Professor in the Departments of Rhetoric and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She is Director of the Berkeley Science, Technology, and Society Center, and of the Designated Emphasis in Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is also the Director of the Project on Stem Cells and […]

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March 4, 2008

Michael Spezio

Michael Spezio is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Scripps College. Previously he was a postdoctoral scholar in social and affective neuroscience in the Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences and at the Brain Imaging Center at the California Institute of Technology. He obtained a doctorate in biochemistry from Cornell University, a doctorate in […]

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February 28, 2008

“Our Daily Bread”

Welcome to the world of industrial food production and high-tech farming! To the rhythm of conveyor belts and immense machines, the film looks without commenting into the places where food is produced in Europe: monumental spaces, surreal landscapes and bizarre sounds — a cool, industrial environment which leaves little space for individualism. People, animals, crops […]

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February 26, 2008

Dorothy Roberts

Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, with joint appointments in the Departments of African American Studies and Sociology (courtesy), and as a faculty fellow of the Institute for Policy Research and faculty affiliate of the Joint Center for Poverty Research. She received her B.A. from Yale College […]

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February 21, 2008

“Strange Culture”

The surreal nightmare of internationally-acclaimed artist and professor Steve Kurtz began when his wife Hope died in her sleep of heart failure. Police who responded to Kurtz’s 911 call deemed Kurtz’s art suspicious and called the FBI. Within hours the artist was detained as a suspected “bioterrorist” as dozens of federal agents in Hazmat suits […]

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February 19, 2008

Rachel Mayeri

Rachel Mayeri is a Los Angeles-based artist working at the intersection of science and art. Her videos, installations, and writing projects explore topics ranging from the history of special effects to the human animal. Mayeri’s “animated documentaries” combine motion graphics and live-action, documentary and storytelling. Primate Cinema: Baboons as Friends (2007), is a reenactment of […]

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T. Kim Trang-Tran

Tran, T. Kim-Trang was born in Viet Nam and emigrated to the U.S. in 1975. She received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and has been producing experimental videos since the early 1990’s. Her work has been exhibited internationally. In 1999 Tran presented her Blindness Series in a solo screening at the […]

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