Saturday, April 29 | Services 9:30 am-12:00 noon | Kiddush lunch to follow | Lecture at 12:30 pm
Free and open to the public
What does it mean to ethically consider history and use it to better practice ethics today, tomorrow, and into the unknown digital future? This talk will examine how eugenics fed into (and gave new life to) previously existing cultural biases, how religion and science were frequently wedded together in frequent support of eugenic practices, and will conclude with a consideration of eugenics, science, bias, and racism today.
John P. Slattery, PhD
John P. Slattery is the Director of the Carl G. Grefenstette Center for Ethics in Science, Technology, and Law at Duquesne University. An ethicist, theologian, and historian of science, Slattery works at the intersection of technology, science, religion, and racism. Slattery earned a B.S. in computer science from Georgetown University, a master’s degree in religious studies from Saint Paul School of Theology, and an interdisciplinary PhD in the history and philosophy of science and systematic theology from the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous essays, as well as the 2019 Faith and Science at Notre Dame, the 2020 Christian Theology and the Modern Sciences, and a producer of the AAAS DoSER film series, ‘Science: The Wide Angle.” He is currently writing and publishing on the history of eugenics, the intersection of theology and technology, the historical intersections between science and race, and the role of race in historical discussions of theology and science.