A Brenau University team made up of Dr. Gale Starich, Dr. Andrea Birch, Dr. David Miller and Dr. Heather Ross attended the Biotechnology & the Ethical Imagination: A Global Summit at the Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia, May 18-20, 2015. The international summit included distinguished faculty presentations by Dr. Stephen Pinker, Margaret Atwood, Dr. Ruha Benjamin and Dr. Arthur Caplan. This gathering of global thought leaders has the goal to reach consensus on the direction of biotechnology for the 21st century.
“The challenge of biotechnology as we move into the 21st century is how to harness its enormous power in a way that encourages human flourishing,” said summit founder Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. from the Emory University Center for Ethics. “Shaping our aspirations for the future, and formulating reasonable limits on biotechnological inquiry, will take a conversation among our greatest minds in science, policy, philosophy, ethics, religion and the arts and humanities. Our hope is that BEINGS will be a milestone in that conversation; if we are successful – and it is a big gamble – we will have a document that can help shape the direction of global biotechnological advance for years to come.”
Brenau faculty representatives are currently participating in the development of the final document to be published within the next year.