Centenary's Forum

Immaturity and dependence are the inability to use one's own intellect without the direction of another. One is responsible for this immaturity and dependence, if its cause is not a lack of intelligence, but a lack of determination and courage to think without the direction of another. Sapere aude! Dare to know! is therefore the slogan of the Enlightenment.

—Immanuel Kant, "What is Enlightenment?"

Welcome to the Forum. We choose a topic, and invite experts, but in the end, students and citizens have the last word.

Theme: Stem Cell Research and Public Policy

This year's Forum addresses stem cell research and public policy. Should stem cell research be allowed? What are the dangers? What are the advantages? Can we craft a public policy on stem cells that respects everyone's views?

Questions about ethics and stem cells? Read the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy for answers.

A primer on the ethics of research on human stem cells and guidelines for human stem cell research co-authored by Dr. Hyun from the International Society for Stem Cell Research.


Part I: Dr. Insoo Hyun

Monday, March 21st, 7pm

Whited Room, Bynum Commons

The Caravan of Stem Cell Science

Dr. Insoo Hyun is an associate professor of bioethics at Case Western Reserve.

Part II: Students and Citizens

Monday, March 28th, 7pm

Whited Room, Bynum Commons

A group of students and citizens will continue the discussion that Dr. Hyun started the previous week. Afterwards, the audience can ask questions and we will discuss.

Students Citizens
Jacquelyn Batson, Philosophy and Religious Studies Nadine Kaskas, Philosophy and Biology
Michael Mathis, LSU Health Sciences Center Rev. Jonathan Beck, Associate Pastor First UMC Shreveport

Remember to check the Shreveport Times for columns from Dr. Hyun, our students and citizens prior to each meeting.

We'd like to thank the Convocations Subcommittee, the Shreveport Times, and Centenary's Office of Public Relations for all their support.