What Is Human?


Fall 2009 "What is Human?" Conference
October 1-3, 2009

Thursday, October 1st: 7:00-9:30 pm, Microbial Sciences Ebling Symposium Center
Friday, October 2nd: 8:30am-9:00pm, Pyle Center: 313, Chazen: L160 (Elvehjem Building)
Saturday, October 3rd: 8:30am-1:00pm, Pyle Center: 313

A three day event exploring the transformations and genealogies of the human from a multidisciplinary perspective. The conference examined two overlapping lines of inquiry: one devoted to biotechnology, bioethics, and biopolitics (tissues, stem cells, genomics, IVF, the making of the human body) and the other to neuroscience, neurotechnology, and neuroethics (creativity, sovereignty, identity, emotion, plasticity, the making of the human mind and brain).


Jay Clayton
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Chair, Department of English
Vanderbilt University

Ian Hacking
Emeritus Professor of Philosophy
University of Toronto and College de France

Jennifer Michael Hecht
Poet, Historian, Philosopher, and Author
The New School

Marco Iacoboni
Associate Professor, Neuropsychiatric Institute
Director of the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Lab
Ahmanson Lovelace Brain Mapping Center
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Deborah Jenson
Professor of French
Duke University

Evelyn Fox Keller
Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science, Emerita
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jenny E. Sabin and Peter Lloyd Jones
Founders of LabStudio
Institute for Medicine & Engineering, School of Design, Nonlinear Systems
The University of Pennsylvania

Stuart J. Youngner
Susan E. Watson Professor and Chair of Bioethics and Professor of Psychiatry
Case Western Reserve University

And University of Wisconsin-Madison Faculty to include:

David J. Beebe
Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Richard J. Davidson
Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience
Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging & Behavior

John M. Denu
Professor of Biomolecular Chemistry

Katrina T. Forest
Professor of Bateriology

Sara Guyer
Associate Professor of English
Director of the Center for the Humanities

Linda F. Hogle
Associate Professor of Medical History & Bioethics

Richard Keller
Associate Professor of Medical History & Bioethics

Daniel Kleinman
Professor and Chair of Rural Sociology
Director of the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies

Lewis Leavitt
Professor of Pediatrics
Waisman Center

Tejumola Olaniyan
Louise Durham Mead Professor of English

Seth David Pollak
Professor of Psychology, Anthropology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Public Affairs
Child Emotion Research Laboratory

Dietram A. Scheufele
Professor of Life Sciences Communication
Center for Nanotechnology in Society

Michael Witmore
Professor of English