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What does it mean to be human?

SOU philosophy professor to speak at Astoria Public Library

Published on January 4, 2016 8:00AM

Southern Oregon University associate professor Prakash Chenjeri will speak Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Astoria Public Library.

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Southern Oregon University associate professor Prakash Chenjeri will speak Saturday, Jan. 9 at the Astoria Public Library.


ASTORIA — Throughout history, religious scholars and philosophers have debated what makes humans unique in the animal kingdom. More recently, evolutionary biologists and cognitive scientists have contributed new thinking to our ideas about human nature. Has the essence of what it is to be human shifted over time? How might science and technology — such as recent rapid advances in bioengineering and other fields — challenge and reshape our understanding of what it means to be human?

This is the focus of “Beyond Human? Science, Technology, and the Future of Human Nature,” a free conversation with Prakash Chenjeri at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9 at Astoria Public Library. This program is hosted by Astor Library Friends Association and sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Chenjeri is an associate professor of philosophy and director of the philosophy program at Southern Oregon University, where he has been teaching since 1995. He teaches a wide variety of subjects, including moral and political philosophy, philosophy of science, and issues at the intersection of science and religion.

For more information about this discussion, contact Ami Kreider at 503-325-7323 or akreider@astoria.or.us. The library is located at , 450 10th St.

Through the Conversation Project, Oregon Humanities offers free programs that engage community members in thoughtful, challenging conversations about ideas critical to our daily lives and the state’s future.

Oregon Humanities connects Oregonians to ideas to change lives and transform communities. More information about Oregon Humanities’ programs and publications can be found at oregonhumanities.org. Oregon Humanities is an independent, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and a partner of the Oregon Cultural Trust.



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