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Markkula Ethics Center Lecture Series, 2004
After the Recall: California and the Common Good
In the not-too-distant future, a brain scan may be able to reveal whether a person is prone to depression or violence. Should that information be used by the criminal justice system? By insurers? By airport security personnel? New technologies might produce accurate lie detectors, bias detectors, or memory probes. How could those be used in court?
Advances in neuroscience may also lead to the potential for enhancing brain functions, such as memory. What are the ethical and legal implications of this new knowledge?
Hank Greely, director of Stanford University's Center for Law and the Biosciences and chair of the Steering Committee of the Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics, will offer his observations on these issues in "Neuroethics," a talk April 20, 6 p.m., at the Adobe Lodge on the SCU campus. Greely, a professor of law at Stanford, is also a professor, by courtesy, of genetics.
The presentation will be preceded by a reception at 5 p.m., in the Adobe Lodge. The program is sponsored by the Ethics Center and the High Tech Law Institute of the SCU School of Law.
This free public program is made possible in part by a gift from New York Life Insurance Co. in honor of William Regan III.
Kevin Starr, one of today's leading commentators on the Golden State, will speak on the recall's aftermath and the endangered connection between Califor-nia and the common good, Tues., Feb. 10, 7 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall on the SCU campus.
Starr, the California state librarian, has been writing the acclaimed six-volume series, Americans and the California Dream (Oxford University Press), over a period of 30 years. In reviewing one of the books, the Philadelphia Inquirer predicted, "Kevin Starr bids fair to become the foremost chronicler of that often fabulous region, imposing upon the dramatic elements of California history a novelist's imagination and a cosmopolitan and sophisticated intelligence."
Starr is University Professor and Professor of History and Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California, and a contributing editor to the Los Angeles Times.
The program is co-sponsored by the Santa Clara University Alumni Association, which will host a reception following the talk.
The lecture is made possible by a gift from New York Life Insurance Company in honor of William Regan III.