Program on Medicine and Religion

2023 - 2024 Seminar Series

How Can We Flourish?

Monday January 22, 2024
Knapp Center for Biological Discovery Room 1103
900 E 57th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
and via Zoom

5:30 – 7:00 pm
Followed by Wine & Cheese Reception
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What is human flourishing? What insights might we draw from the humanities? What insights might we draw from the empirical sciences? Many empirical studies throughout the social and biomedical sciences and many policy discussions focus only on very narrow outcomes such as income, or a single specific disease state, or measures of feeling happy. Human well-being or flourishing, however, consists in a much broader range of states and outcomes. Join us for a lecture from Tyler VanderWeele (Harvard University), presented by the Lumen Christi Institute. Discussion will be given to the implications of a broader conception of human flourishing for personal well-being, for research, and for policy. This event is free and open to the public.

This lecture is cosponsored by the In Lumine Network, the Department of Public Health Sciences, and the Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago. It is made possible through the support of ‘In Lumine: Supporting the Catholic Intellectual Tradition on Campuses Nationwide’ (Grant #62372) from the John Templeton Foundation.

Transhumanism, AI, and The Soul: Science For Humans

Tuesdays, October 3 – October 24, 2023
Gavin House
1220 E 58th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

6:00 pm: Dinner
6:30 – 7:30 pm: Presentation
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Wrestle with the moral and philosophical questions around the rise of artificial intelligence, breakthroughs in genetic engineering, and the quest for transhumanism. Michael Burns (a biology professor) and Joe Vukov (a philosophy professor) will show the group how to think about the human questions at the forefront of technological and medical innovation. This non-credit course was cosponsored by the University of Chicago Program on Religion and Medicine and the In Lumine Network.