Science, Society, and the Humanities: Promoting Dialogue on Science, Culture, and Ethical Responsibility

Dr Gould Karen
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This presentation takes as its premise Harold Shapiro’s assertion in ‘A Larger Sense of Purpose: Higher Education and Society’ (Princeton UP, 2005) that in our contemporary scientific era, “serious conversations and social negotiations between scientists and non-scientists on matters of mutual concern are both extremely important and ethically significant.” At a time of heightened attention in American higher education on the need to enhance the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), the humanities need not be peripheral to critical discussions about science, technology, and the public good. The presenter will examine how institutions can broaden multidisciplinary dialogues across the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.

Discussion will focus on new curricula and research initiatives that focus on the impact of science and technology on contemporary societies, the human subject, and ethical action. Examples will include dialogues on health, science, and ethical controversy; environmental science and the public humanities; scientific investigation, artistic expression, and creativity.

Keywords: Promoting Dialogue
Stream: Philosophy, Ethics, Consciousness, Science, Environment and the Humanities
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr Gould Karen

Dean, McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Gould’s research focuses on contemporary Quebec literature and culture, especially Quebec women’s writings. She has authored and/or co-edited six books and over 40 articles on French-Canadian women writers, Canadian studies, and French author Claude Simon. She has served as president of the International Council for Canadian Studies, as president of the Association for Canadian Studies in the U.S, and as editor of the journal Quebec Studies. She is the recipient of the Donner medal in Canadian Studies, the Governor General’s International Award for contributions to Canadian Studies, and numerous research grants and fellowships.

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