Public Lectures and Appearances
2008 February 22. American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (Brussels, Belgium) Ethics, Science and Politics: The Stem Cell Debate. Lecture and Panel Discussion
2007 November 8. Galton Institute (London, England). Centenary Conference lecture
2007 November 6. International Policy Institute (London, England) Institute lecture.
2007 October 31. Beyond Belief: Enlightenment 2.0 (San Diego, CA).
2007 October 23. Secular Humanist Society (New York) Public Lecture: "The Human-Designed Biosphere: past, present, and future."
2007 October 4. Brown University (Providence, RI). The Janus Forum sponsored by the Political Theory Project, a debate with Francis Fukuyama on "Playing God? Biotechnology and the Future of Humanity"
2007 September 10. Agnes Scott College (Decatur, Georgia). McNair Ethics Lecture,Ethics Programís 2007-2008 speaker series: "Genetic Engineering and the Future of Humankind"
2007 June 15. Princeton Charter School (Princeton, NJ). Commencement Keynote Speaker
2007 June 6. Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton, NJ). Governor's Conference on Effective Partnering in Cancer Research. Panel Discussion of the ethics of genetic testing.
2007 May 11. Johnson & Johnson Forum on Health Information, Genomics, and Ethics
(Princeton, NJ). Organizer and moderator of panel discussion with J&J; Vice-Chair Christina Poon, Harold Shapiro, David Botstein, Uwe Reinhardt and others.
2007 May 5. Banbury Center, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (Cold Spring Harbor, NY). Conference on the Retreat from Reason: Threats to the New Bio/Technological Revolution. Keynote address.
2007 April 12. University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA). Visiting professor in pediatrics and bioethics. Pediatric Grand Rounds and the 2007 Medearis Lecture. "Human Nature, Reprogenetics and the Future of Humankind."
2007 March 28. Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ). The 2007 Stahl Lecture in Bioethics
: "Remaking Human Nature: The Ethics of Genetic Enhancement."
2007 March 3. Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin, Germany). Historical and cultural aspects of cloning. Keynote lecture: "How cloning and genetic engineering could impact the future of the human species."
2007 January 23. The New York Academy of Sciences (New York, NY). "Use
of Model Organisms in Drug Discovery
. Keynote address: What Mice Can Tell Us About the Human Future."
2007 January 11. American
Council on Germany
(San Diego, CA). "Biotech
to Biofuels: How New Technologies are Changing Transatlantic Relations" Keynote address: "Biotechnology
and the Race between Europe, the United States, and Asia."What Mice Can Tell Us About the Human Future."
2006 November 22. Faculty of Political Sciences
(Madrid, Spain). Ninth Forum on Social
: The social impact of the biotechnological
revolution. Keynote address: "The
Future Consequences of Innovations in Biotechnology."
2006 November 13. Oregon
State University (Corvalis, Oregon). Food for Thought public lecture
series: "Challenging Nature:
The clash of biotechnology and spirituality."
2006 November 12. Cardoza
Law School (New York, New York) Patenting People Symposium. Invited speaker:
"Genes, cells, livers, legs,
or beings: what defines humanness."
2006 November 8. Bates College (Lewistown,
Maine). University lecture: "Challenging Nature: The clash of biotechnology
2006 July 14. Darwin Centennial Symposium on
Unnatural Selection (Shrewsbury, England). Invited speaker: "The future of
genetics and reproductive technologies."
2006 June 15.
Challenging Nature book
at the New York Academy of Sciences. (read
a review of the lecture
2006 May 25. New York City Atheists Association.
2006 May 19. Council on Foreign Relations (New York). Policy briefing: "Science,
Religion and the Future of Biotechnology in America, Europe & Asia"
2006 April 29. Interact Theatre Comapny (Philadelphia, PA) "Reinventing
Eden." A panel
discussion on human genetic engineering.
2006 March 30. University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Pittsburgh,
PA). Symposium on Designer Babies, invited speaker: "Science and politics of human
2006 March 15. James Madison Institute, Said Business School,
University of Oxford (Oxford, England). World Forum 2006 on Tomorrow's People,
invited speaker: "The nature of human natures."
2006 March 8. Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ). University
lecture: "Challenging Nature."
2006 March 4. Woodrow Wilson School 75th Anniversary address (San
Francisco, CA). "The Ethics of stem cell research."
2006 March 2. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA). Department
of Biochemistry lecture: "Challenging Nature."
2005 December 6. Global Forum on
Civilization and Peace in recogniation of the 60th Anniversary of Korean Liberation
(Seoul, Korea). Public lecture.
2005 November 17. Institute of International
Studies at the University of California, Berekeley (Berekeley, CA). University
lecture: "Societal responses to emerging biotechnologies in America, Europe, and
2005 November 8. Princeton University
Conference: "Blurry Vision: Bridging the Gap Between Science and the Public. Introductory
2005 October 11. Wesleyan University
(Middletown, CT). University lecture: "Challenging Nature: Biotechnology in
a Spiritual World."
2005 October 6. University of Massachusetts
(Amherst, MA). University lecture: "Biotechnology in a Spiritual World."
2005 May 8. Happy Chaos Symposium
(Amsterdam, Holland). Keynote address: "Biotechnology in a Spiritual World."
2005 April 23. Graduate Student
Conference sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science,
(Washington, D.C.) Keynote address: "Biotechnology in a Spiritual World."
2005 April 18. One-on-one debate
with Professor William Hurlbut, member of President George W. Bush's Council on
Bioethics, held at Princeton University. "The ethics of stem cell research."
2005 April 7. One-on-one debate
with William Dembski of the Discovery Institute, held at Princeton University. "Intelligent
Design, Is it science? No, it isn't."
2005 March 7. DeLange Conference
on Frontiers in Medicine at Rice University (Houston, Texas). Keynote address: "Biotechnology
in a Spiritual World."
2005 February 25. Western Regional
Bioethics Conference at Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ). Keynote address: "Why
do bioethicists disagree?: A sometimes hidden spiritual component."
2005 January 30
and Genomics Symposium
at UCLA Center for Society and Genetics (Los Angeles,
CA). Public lecture: "Sex, God and Unethical Behavior"
2005 January 13. Rochester
Institute of Technology (Rochester, NY). University lecture: "Biotechnology in
a Spiritual World."
2004 December 2. Rutgers
University Department of Genetics (New Brunswick, NJ). University lecture: "Ethical
considerations in genetic research and technology."
2004 October 29
. One-on-one "Fight
hosted by the International Design Society of America. (Pasadena,
CA). "Should embryonic stem cell research be funded?"
2004 October 28. Choices
and Challenges Forum at the Virginia Polytechnical Institute (Blacksburg, VA).
University panel discussion and debate.
2004 October 13. Law
and Science Seminar Series at Amherst College (Amherst, MA). College speaker.
2004 October 6. Interdisciplinary
Bioethics Program at Yale University (New Haven, CN). University lecture: "Biotechnology
in a Spiritual World."
2004 September 22.
Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA). Keynote
address: "Biotechnology in a Spiritual World."
2004 August 17. United
Nations University and the Korean National Commission for UNESCO (Seoul, South
Korea). Invited lecture.
2004 June 10. Panel
on Reproductive Technologies hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences (New York,
NY). Public lecture and panel discussion.
2004 March 31
"The Pursuit of Perfection." Pew
Forum on Religion and Public Life
hosted by the Brookings Institute (Washington,
D.C.). Panel lecture and response.
2004 March 25. Symposium
on Genomics, Health and Society hosted by the Government of Canada (Ottawa, Canada)
Invited public speaker.
2004 March 15. The
21st Annual Bochner Lecture at Rice University (Houston, Texas). University Lecture: "Biotechnology
in a Spiritual World."
2003 November 10. Hillsdale
College (Hillsdale, Michigan). Public Lecture.
2003 September 7. Institute of Systems
Biology (Seattle, Washington). Keynote Speaker.
2003 September 6. United States
Conference of Catholic Bishops: Bishop's Committee on Science and Human
Values.(Washington, D.C.) Invited Speaker.
2003 August 11. Roche Genetics
Symposium (Zurich, Switzerland). Keynote speaker.
2003 July 13. The Serono Symposium
on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (Santa Barbara, California). Invited
2003 June 7. The Jones Institute for
Reproductive Medicine (Norfolk, Virginia). Keynote Speech.
2003 April 26. Institute of Ideas and Battersea
Arts Centre Genes & Society Festival (London, England). Invited speaker.
2003 April 10. Boston University Conference "The
Future of Human Nature." Opening Lecture.
2003 April 2. Boston University Great Debate on
Reproductive Cloning (broadcast on C-SPAN).
2003 March 19. Duke University Center for Human
Genetics (Durham, North Carolina). Public Lecture
2003 January 7. Santa Clara Law School Symposium
on Humaning Cloning (Santa Clara, California). Invited speaker.
2002 June 29. Vail Valley Institute (Vail, Colorado).
Symposium on Genetic Engineering. Invited speaker.
2002 June 15. Engelsberg Seminar on Consciousness,
Genetics, and Society. Stockholm, Sweden. Invited speaker.
2002 June 6. Cornell University Genetics Department
Retreat. Keynote speaker.
2002 April 1. Princeton University Bioethics Forum. "When
does human life begin?"
2002 March 23. European Academy Otzenhausen (Germany).
Colloquium on Evolution. Invited speaker.
2002 March 1. Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton,
NJ. Invited speaker
2002 February 28. Jackson Laboratory Governing Board
(Philadelphia, PA). Keynote speaker.
2002 February 23. Fred Friendly Symposium for broadcast
on PBS. Major speaker.
2002 January 26. Hastings Law Center Symposium on
Human Cloning (San Francisco, CA). Invited Speaker
2001 December 11. Princeton University Symposium
on Human Cloning and the role of an ethics advisory board. Invited respondent.
2001 November 9. Princeton University Center for
the Study of Religion conference on "What Does It Mean To Be Human." Invited
2001 November 3. Symposium on Human Development
at the University of Kobe in Kobe, Japan. Keynote Address.
2001 October 9. Televised public lecture on the
future of humankind at the Círculo de Bellas Artes in Madrid, Spain.
2001 July 12. A roundtable discussion on Chronic
Disease sponsored by the Pfizer Journal in Copenhagen, Denmark. Invited panelist.
2001 June 19. The Intersphere Forum Dinner for pharmaceutical
industry executives. Keynote address.
2001 June 8. Princeton University Conference on "Darwin's
Entangled Bank: The Cultural Legacy of Evolution." Invited respondent.
2001 May 17. Mitchell Conference on Human Genetics: "Genetic
Manipulation and Cloning in Primates " at the University of Chicago. Invited
2001 May 16. New York University School of Medicine
Program. Invited colloquium speaker.
2001 April 5. Whig-Clio public debate on abortion
at Princeton University. Debater.
2001 March 30. The Genetical Society of the United
Kingdom conference on "Sex" in Warwick, UK. Invited speaker.
2001 March 11. MIT-Harvard Conference on Biotechnology
in Society in Cambridge, MA. Invited speaker.
2001 February 25. 92nd Street Y one-on-one public
conversation with Robert Krulwich from ABC Nightline.
2001 February 23. The Princeton University Bioethics
Forum 2001 Intercollegiate Conference on the Ethics and Politics of Reproductive
Technology. Invited speaker.
2000 October 3. Serono Symposium on "Robert
G. Edwards at 75" in Venice, Italy. Invited speaker.
2000 April 15. Symposium on "Mexico's imminent
future: Paradigms or Paradoxes" in Mexico City, Mexico. Invited speaker.
2000 April 7. Luso-American Foundation Symposium
on "The Human Condition: Manipulating Human Life" in Lisbon, Portugal.
2000 March 20. Symposium on "Animal Models
of Human Disease" sponsored by the Center for Developmental Genetics at Stony
Brook, New York. Keynote Speaker.
2000 March 6. One hour NPR sponsored two-person
debate on "The New Reproductive Technologies," held at Carpenter Hall
in Philadelphia and broadcast nationally on the "Justice Talking" program.
2000 March 5. Templeton Foundation Debate on "Extended
Life, External Life" at the University of Pennsylvania. One of four debaters.
2000 February 20. Philadelphia Ethical Society.
2000 February 16. Niagara Community College in Niagara,
New York. Public Lecture.
2000 February 5. Big Sky Conference on Cancer Genetics
in Bozeman, Montana. Invited speaker.
1999 December 3. "A Symposium on Race and Beauty" sponsored
by the program in African American Studies at Princeton University. Invited speaker.
1999 November 19. New York University Law School
conference on "Legislating Morality: The Debate over Human Cloning" in
New York, NY. Invited speaker.
1999 November 17. Inaugural Centennial Lecture on
Science and Society at Rockefeller University in New York, NY.
1999 November 11. Menorah Medical Center Symposium
on "Medicine in the 21st Century" in Kansas City, Missouri. Invited Lecturer.
1999 November 9. Danish Council of Ethics and Copenhagen
University conference on Genetic Engineering held before the Danish Ministry of
Health in Copenhagen, Denmark. Keynote address.
1999 October 27. Federal Judicial Center Seminar
for Federal and State Judges entitled The Art of Judging: Perspectives of
Science at the Banbury Center of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York.
1999 October 19. The Irvington Institute in New
York, NY. Public Lecture.
1999 September 14. University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh,
PA. Invited Public Lecture.
1999 September 3. International Symposium on Genetics
and Reproduction hosted by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo, Japan.
1999 August 22. The annual Jackson Laboratory course
on "Experimental Genetics of the laboratory mouse" in Bar Harbor, Maine.
1999 August 1-7. Universidad Internacional Menendez
Pelayo: Invited lecturer for a one week Curso Magistral on "Societal conflicts
posed by new technologies in human genetics and reproduction" in Santander,
Spain. Faculty member.
1999 July 27-28. Conference on Genetics, Identity,
and Responsibility sponsored by the Wellcome Trust, The British Academy, the Mind
Association, and the British Society for the Philosophy of Science in Cambridge,
U.K. Plenary Speaker.
1999 June 10. The Gruter Institute Squaw Valley
Conference on The New Genetics and Reproduction: The Legal Response in
Squaw Valley, CA. Invited Speaker.
1999 June 5. Genetics and Genealogy: An International
Forum hosted by The Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. Invited Speaker.
1999 June 1. Boston University Conference on "Issues
for the Millennium: Cloning and Genetic Technologies" in Boston, MA. Plenary
Address sponsored by the The John Templeton Foundation.
1999 May 28. State of Berlin and Max Delbruck Center
for Molecular Medicine Congress on Biotechnology and Medicine in Berlin, Germany.
1999 May 14. U. S. Department of Commerce, National
Institute of Standards and Technology Washington D.C. Invited Colloquium Speaker.
1999 May 12. Williams College Public Debate on Human
Cloning in Williams, Massachusetts. One of four debaters.
1999 May 6. The Wall Street Journal Health Care
Summit 99: Medicine, Business & Public Policy in Washington, D.C. Executive
Roundtable discussion. Invited panelist.
1999 March 28. Annual Meeting of the International
Human Genome Organization in Brisbane, Australia. Invited Panelist for a roundtable
discussion of social and ethical implications of the human genome project
1999 March 12. Arizona State University Conference
on Law, Science, and Technology: Respecting Genetic Privacy in Phoenix,
Arizona. Invited Speaker.
1999 March 4. Ryder College in Lawrenceville, NJ.
1999 February 4-5. Human Reproduction and the Role
of International Law: A Texas International Law Journal Symposium in Austin, Texas.
1999 January 20. Sweet Briar Winter Forum, Sweet
Briar College, (Sweet Briar VA). Presidential Lecture.
1998 November 30. The New York City 92nd Street
Y. Public Lecture.
1998 November 13. The Rutherford Institute Second
European Conference on Megatrends in Human Rights Issues in Paris France. Invited
1998 October 28. Princeton University Public Lecture
Series Panel Discussion on Cloning: Its here, do we want it? Invited
1998 October 28. Federal Judicial Center Seminar
for Federal and State Judges entitled The Art of Judging: Perspectives of
Science at the Banbury Center of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, New York.
1998 October 21. Panel led by Supreme Court Justice
Anton Scalia at the San Marino Conference on Immunology in principality of San
Marino. Invited Panelist.
1998 October 19. Planned Parenthood Conference on Insights
into Womens Health Issues in St. Petersburg, FL. Keynote Address.
1998 October 16-17. Princeton Alumni Studies Program
on Ethical and Moral Issues in a Changing Society. Faculty Director,
Speaker, and Panelist.
1998 October 8., Congregation Ahavath Torah in Tenglewood,
NJ. Endowed Lecture on Biomedical Ethics.
1998 October 1. Hofstra University School of Law:
The Joseph Kushner Distinguished Professorship Symposium on Cloning. Invited speaker.
1998 September 29. Mississippi State University.
1998 September 20. Symposium on Trends in
Cardiovascular Medicine In Squaw Valley, California. Keynote Speaker.
1998 August 22. Annual Board Meeting, Jackson Laboratory
in Bar Harbor, Maine. Keynote Address.
1998 August 7-10. Conference on The Human
Genome Analyzed: Ethical and Legal Problems Confronting Human Genome Research in
Frankfurt-Oder, Germany. Invited speaker.
1998 June 24-27. Second Annual Conference on Cloning
and Transgenics in Washington, D.C. Co-chair and speaker.
1998 May 18. Humanistic Jewish Forum, in Dearborn
Michigan. Public Lecture.
1998 May 11. Washington National Cathedral Forum
on Remaking Eden in Washington, D.C. Invited panelist with four other scholars
to discuss my book.
1998 May 3. Planned Parenthood Executive Council
Meeting on New Trends in Reproductive Technology in Washington, D.C. Invited speaker.
1998 April 28. Nassau Community College. Public
1998 April 24. William Patterson University. Public
1998 April 21. State University of New York at Plattsburgh.
1998 April 18. International House, Columbia University.
1998 March 20. UCLA Conference on the Engineering
of the Human Germline in Los Angeles, CA. Invited Speaker and panelist.
1998 March 1. The University of South Carolina.
The Townsend Lecture (endowed public Presidential Lecture).
1998 January 24. Institute of Contemporary Art in
London, UK. Forum on Darwinian Thinking and the Family called Evolution Revolution.
Invited Keynote Speaker
1998 January 22. Darwin Seminar, the London School
of Economics in London, UK. Invited speaker.
1998 January 22. Science Museum, Imperial College
in London, UK. Invited speaker.
1988 January 20. Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh,
UK. Forum on Remaking Eden.
1997 September 2425. American Association
for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Scientific Freedom, Responsibility and Law
Program Forum on Human Germ-Line Intervention in Washington, D.C. Invited panelist.
1997 June 26-27. Conference on Mammalian Cloning:
Implications for Science and Society in Washington D. C. Invited speaker.
1997 June 18. Congressional Biomedical Research
Caucus on Cloning in Washington, D.C. Invited presentation before members of Congress
and their staff.
1997 March 13. The New York State Senate Committee
on Investigations, chaired by Senator Roy Goodman. Invited lead-off testimony on
1988 July 14. Invited Testimony on New Technologies
in Human Reproduction before the Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations
Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations of the U.S. House of Representatives