Through four cases, explore different approaches in which science intersects with society and the research and education related to each case.
Richard Creath, Ph.D., is a President's Professor of Life Sciences and Philosophy and director of the History and Philosophy of Science program in ASU's Center for Biology and Society. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and his primary interests revolve around what makes one claim about the world more worth believing than another. He is currently working on a book about the Quine-Carnap debate over their respective accounts of the structure of scientific knowledge. He is also working on such papers as The Construction of Reason: Kant, Carnap, Kuhn, and Beyond and Turning Point: The Indeterminacy of Translation at Middle Age.
Manfred Laubichler, Ph.D., is a theoretical biologist and historian of science. His undergraduate training was in zoology, philosophy and mathematics at the University of Vienna (Austria) and his graduate training was in biology at Yale and in History/History of Science at Princeton. He is associate editor of two journals, Biological Theory and the Journal of Experimental Zoology, Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, is a visiting scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin and is an external faculty member at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Altenberg, Austria.
Gitta Honegger, Ph.D., was a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 2003–04, which she spent in Berlin researching her book on Helene Weigel, the actress and co-founder of the Berliner Ensemble. Honegger's book on Thomas Bernhard, The Making of an Austrian, received the Austrian Cultural Forum's bi-annual book award. Her own German translation, Thomas Bernhard – Was ist das für ein Narr, was published in Berlin in 2003. She is a contributing editor of Yale Theatre Magazine and has translated the plays of Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke, Franz Xaver Kroetz, Marieluise Fleisser and Nobel Prize winners Elfriede Jelinek and Elias Canetti, among others. Her articles on theater and culture, most recently focused on Berlin and the new Europe, have been published in Theater, Modernism/Modernity, Studies in Twentieth Century Literature, American Theatre, Western European Stages, Performing Arts Journal and Partisan Review.
From 1983–1993, Honegger served as professor of Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism at the Yale School of Drama and as resident dramaturg of the Yale Repertory Theatre, where she also directed the premiere of Tony award winner Doug Wright's Interrogating the Nude, Arthur Schnitzler's Intermezzo, Bernhard Pomerance's Melons and Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale. She also worked many summers as a director and dramaturg at the Eugene O'Neill National Playwright's Conference. Before coming to ASU in 2001, she was chair of the drama department at the Catholic University of America. Honegger received her theatrical training in Vienna, Austria and performed at the Vienna Burgtheater, the Schauspielhaus Zürich and the Komödie Basel, to name a few. She holds a doctorate in Theaterwissenschaft from the University of Vienna and first came to the United States to research her dissertation on Eugene O'Neill.
Jason Scott Robert, Ph.D., is the Franca Oreffice Dean's Distinguished Professor in Life Sciences and Lincoln Associate Professor of Ethics in Biotechnology and Medicine in the School of Life Sciences. He is also the director of the Bioethics, Policy and Law Program in the Center for Biology and Society. He teaches in the Bioethics Program within the Center for Biology and Society and conducts research and teaching at the intersection of bioethics and the philosophy of science. He has published extensively on ethical, conceptual, and methodological issues in developmental biology and evolution, and his current work focuses on neuroscience. He is funded by the National Science Foundation and the James S. McDonnell Foundation to explore how neuroscientists do and should attempt to justify their research with non-human animals in the pursuit of findings relevant to humans. Robert directs the Bioscience Ethics, Policy and Law Program in the Center for Biology and Society at ASU, administering the master's and doctoral degrees in biology as well as the Biomedical and Health Ethics track of the new master's in Applied Ethics and the Professions. He holds a doctorate and master's degree from McMaster University and completed his undergraduate work at Queen's University.
Jane Maienschein, Ph.D., is director of the Center for Biology and Society at ASU. She has received numerous faculty and teaching awards, including the 2000 Parents Association Professor of the Year award, a Regents' Professorship in 2002 and a President's Professorship in 2007. She currently serves as President of the History of Science Society and on the national board for the Association for Women in Science.
Mondays, Jan. 23–Feb.13
1–1:55 p.m. Lecture
1:55–2:05 p.m. Refreshment break
2:05–3 p.m. Lecture
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