Genomic Engineering: What will it take to stay human and define what it means to be human?September 21st at 6pm at the Harvard Faculty Club on Quincy Street in Cambridge the Cambridge Roundtable will host world renowned geneticist George Church and adult stem-cell research leader James Sherley in conversation as they address Genomic Engineering: What will it take to stay human and define what it means to be human? If genetic engineering is not just one more case of ingenious human technology for immediate implementation, how should we explore its ethical ramifications? Who decides what and where any limits are? With every advance in genetic engineering technology, will defining what it will take to stay human and defining what it means to be human become both clearer and cloudier? Will Christian love and regard become confused as it did when slaves were long considered subhuman? On the 28th, we will review the same readings on the same topic per the 21st. More time to explore the same issues gets us closer to 20/20 vision. What is a 20/20 mini-Roundtable? Dinner-discussion is the singular focus of a mini-Roundtable, and we have scheduled TEN mini-Roundtables in this fall 2016 semester thru December 7th. See below for more details. Every Cambridge Roundtable seats six guests to a table for dinner, drinks, dessert & discussion after brief remarks from presenters. At the close of our evening we include time for questions and comments directed to our presenters. For questions or comments, please reach Roundtable Coordinator Dave Thom and Roundtable Administrator Christina English at firstname.lastname@example.org. Though the Roundtable is by invitation only, we are more than glad to work with you as an invited guest to welcome colleagues of yours to participate. ~~~~~ The Roundtable is co-chaired by: Owen Gingerich, Astronomy and History of Science (Emeritus), Harvard University Robert Randolph, Chaplain to the Institute and Dean, MIT Roundtable Coordinator: David Thom, Associate Chaplain, MIT Harvard and MIT professors are the majority of our 100+ guests that gather at each evening’s faculty-seminar Roundtable. By invitation a broad spectrum of faculty have engaged in roundtable dinner-discussions, experiencing an exchange with the potential to bring added depth to their lives as scholars and as educators. Dedicated to fostering dialogue that explores the intersection of current academic thought and Christian thought on issues related to science and religion, invitations are not pre-sorted in alignment with any particular religious or non-religious perspective. Select religious leaders are invited to ensure a diversity of religious points of view. Our evenings together have been made possible thanks to funding in partnership with generous local scholars, Christian Union, and the Sword and Spoon and Gloria Dei foundations, and thanks to Memorial Church of Harvard University.
We’ve always thought that it would be Grand to spend more time Eating and Drinking together.
Ten weekly 20/20 Roundtables take place Sept. 28 to Dec. 7th. With so many more seatings beyond our budget, sponsors stepped up to underwrite 2/3rds of these expenses. We thought we’d ask diners to cover just 1/3rd. $40 is pretty special for parking, dinner, drinks, discussion and dessert! And yes, 20/20 might help to remind you of your complementary share of the cost!
- Fall 2016 20/20 Roundtables will have a unified focus, building a 20/20 vision on genomic engineering and being human. We’ll explore the topic from a variety of sight lines.
- They’re shorter roundtables that meet 6 to 8pm. (But you can linger longer in the room until 9pm!)
- We skip the hors d’oeuvres and presenters and go straight into dinner and discussion. Our topic is based on a brief reading that you’ll be able to read at least a week ahead of time.
- Sign up for as many or as few as you like. Sequential attendance does not matter. Meeting in cozier Harvard Faculty Club rooms, space will probably be limited to 24.
- Usually you’ll receive an invitation to the next two weeks of 20/20 Roundtables. Don’t forget to sign up and don’t worry if you accidentally reserve a seat twice for the same evening: we’ll double-check that with you.
- As is our custom, we’ll give you a nametag and assign you to a table with our best intention to keep tables diverse in personnel and backgrounds.
- Again, 2/3rds of the costs of our 20/20 Roundtables are underwritten by our sponsors, and we’ll give you the option of using a credit card, cash, or check for $40. (Not tax-deductible.)
- #1: Wed. Sep. 28
- #2: Wed. Oct. 5
- #3: Thu. Oct. 13 (Not meeting Oct. 17th to the
- #4: Thu. Oct. 27 21st in honor of Jewish holidays.)
- #5: Wed. Nov. 2
- #6: Thu. Nov. 10
- #7: Tue. Nov. 15
- #8: Mon. Nov. 21
- #9: Thu. Dec. 1
- #10 Wed. Dec 7