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    525 Arch Street, Independence Mall
    F.M. Kirby Auditorium
    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Wednesday, 04 May 2016 00:00

Hunters Conserve Wildlife

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    Anthony Licata

    Editor-in-Chief, Field & Stream

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    Wayne Pacelle

    CEO & President, The Humane Society of the United States

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    Catherine Semcer

    COO, Humanitarian Operations Protecting Elephants

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Wednesday, 06 April 2016 00:00

Eliminate Corporate Subsidies

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    Jack Abramoff

    Former Lobbyist & Author, Capitol Punishment

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    Kate Gordon

    Vice Chair of Climate & Sustainable Urbanization, Paulson Institute

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    Michael Lind

    Co-Founder, New America Foundation

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    Zephyr Teachout

    Assoc. Prof., Fordham Law & Author, Corruption in America

  • Reception: 5:45-6:30 PM
  • Debate: 6:45-8:30 PM
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    James Barrat

    Author, Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era

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    James Hughes

    Executive Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

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    Martine Rothblatt

    Transhumanist, Entrepreneur & Author, Virtually Human

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    Jaron Lanier

    Computer Scientist & Author, Who Owns the Future?

  • Debate: 7:00-8:45 PM

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Tuesday, 01 March 2016 00:00

Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus

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    Wendy Kaminer

    Writer & Lawyer

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    Shaun Harper

    Exec. Dir., Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, UPenn

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    Jason Stanley

    Professor of Philosophy, Yale University

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    John McWhorter

    Professor of Linguistics, Columbia University

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    New Haven, CT 06520 

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Thursday, 04 February 2016 09:54

Lifespans Are Long Enough

What if we didn’t have to grow old and die? The average American can expect to live for 78.8 years, an improvement over the days before clean water and vaccines, when life expectancy was closer to 50, but still not long enough for most of us. So researchers around the world have been working on arresting the process of aging through biotechnology and finding cures to diseases like Alzheimer’s and cancer. What are the ethical and social consequences of radically increasing lifespans? Should we accept a “natural” end, or should we find a cure to aging?

Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00

Lifespans Are Long Enough

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    Ian Ground

    Philosopher & Lecturer, University of Newcastle

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    Aubrey de Grey

    Chief Science Officer & Co-Founder, SENS Research Foundation

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    Brian Kennedy

    CEO & President, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

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    Paul Root Wolpe

    Director, Emory Center for Ethics

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Thursday, 14 January 2016 10:33

The U.S. Should Let in 100,000 Syrian Refugees

Since the Syrian Civil War began in 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled the country, creating the greatest refugee crisis since World War II. Most have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan, but many have risked death to reach Europe and the possibility of a better life. Unlike Europe and Syria’s neighbors, the United States has had the advantage of picking and choosing from afar, taking in just over 2,000 Syrian refugees since the war’s start. The Obama administration has pledged to take another 10,000 in 2016, but there are some who suggest that we are falling well below the number that we can and should accept. What are our moral obligations, and what are the cultural, economic, and security issues that must be taken into account? Should the U.S. let in 100,000 Syrian refugees?

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 00:00

The U.S. Should Let In 100,000 Syrian Refugees

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    Robert Ford

    Sr. Fellow, Middle East Inst. & Fmr. U.S. Ambassador to Syria

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    David Frum

    Senior Editor, The Atlantic

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    Jessica Vaughan

    Dir. of Policy Studies, Center for Immigration Studies

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    David Miliband

    President & CEO, International Rescue Committee & Fmr. U.K. Foreign Secretary

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The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides that: "No State shall … deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Yet many state universities give substantial preferences to certain races in their admissions decisions. In Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), the Supreme Court approved such preferences, but the case was close, and controversial, and the question will be back before the Supreme Court this term. One side may argue that these preferences level the playing field, remedy prior discrimination, and enhance diversity within the classroom, thus redeeming the true promise of equal protection. But the other may say that these preferences – in favor of some races, at the expense of others – are racial discrimination pure and simple, the precise evil that the Equal Protection Clause was intended to forbid.