The University of Iowa

Biological enhancements and ethics to be explored in Mar. 9 lecture

March 1st, 2011

The UI European Studies Group (ESG) will welcome visiting scholar Michael Bess for a talk on the ethical and social implications of new technologies for human biological enhancement.

The lecture, titled “The Human Body and Mind: Endangered Ecosystems?” will be held at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Mar. 9, in the International Programs Commons, 1117 University Capitol Centre. This event is free and open to the public.

Bess will address the reconfiguring and boosting of our physical and mental capabilities through human biological enhancement and how, over the coming decades, these technologies will reach into our lives with increasing force. He argues that it is likely they will shake the moral foundations on which contemporary civilization rests, and raise profound questions about what it means to be human.

Bess is Chancellor’s Professor of History at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

Sponsors for this program are ESG, UI International Programs, and the UI Department of Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Michel Laronde at
or 319-335-2264.