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Frankenstein and the Golem

March 16 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT

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A virtual event presentation by Dr. Paul Root Wolpe


Two paradigms of human-created ‘monsters’ have reverberated through modern history as models for considering everything from genetic safety, to scientific hubris, to man’s relationship to the material world and G-d.  In this talk we compare these two legends and discuss why they portray Humankind so differently and teach such different lessons.


Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University.  He is the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics – Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. Dr. Wolpe served for 17 years as Senior Bioethicist for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).  He is Immediate Past-President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, the country’s oldest bioethics institute, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society.

Dr. Wolpe publishes widely in sociology, medicine, and ethics, and has contributed to a variety of encyclopedias on ethical and bioethical issues.  Trained as a social scientist – a rare background for an ethicist — Dr. Wolpe’s work focuses on the social, religious, ethical, and ideological impact of medicine and technology on the human condition.  A founder of the field of neuroethics, which examines the ethical implications of neuroscience, he also organized BEINGS, “Biotechnology and the Ethical Imagination: A Global Summit,” which brought together thought leaders to reach consensus on ethical principles and standards for human cellular genetics and biotechnology. He has also been a leader in the national bioethical conversation on COVID-29 and vaccine distribution.




March 16
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm PDT
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