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University Lecture Series features Mitcham and Fischhoff

Carl Mitcham
"Science, Technology, and Ethics: Challenges in Promoting Relationships"
Tuesday, November 1, at 5 pm
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Baruch Fischhoff
"Passing Through"
Monday, November 7, at 4:30 pm
Adamson Wing, 136A Baker Hall

Carl Mitcham is a professor at the Colorado School of Mines and the European Graduate School and is a prominent expert on ethics and technology. At Penn State University, he was a professor of philosophy and a director in the Science-Technology-Society Program. He was a founding director of the Philosophy and Technology Studies Center at New York?s Polytechnic University and president of the Society for Philosophy and Technology.

Mitcham states on his University of Colorado web page: ?As human beings we strive to realize the good, and we do this in our history just as much as in our bodies; our embodied histories are thus realities to be accepted as givens and to be transformed by our actions.?

Mitcham also works with international colleagues. In a famous conversation with activists Ivan Illich and Jerry Brown, Mitcham stated, ?We spend more time now in front of a screen of one kind or another than we used to spend face to face with other human beings ... and we begin to experience the world, like when we?re driving in a car ? the windshield becomes a kind of screen. The world becomes flattened to that screen.?

Mitcham is the editor of the Philosophy of Technology Reader and is also the author of Technology and Religion, Thinking Through Technology, Social and Philosophical Construction of Technology, and Engineering Ethics.

Baruch Fischhoff is a Howard Heinz University Professor in the department of social and decision sciences and the department of engineering and public policy at Carnegie Mellon University. His research includes issues on risk perception and management, adolescent decision making, medical consent, and environmental protection.

Fischhoff holds a B.S. in mathematics and psychology from Wayne State University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and has received both an Early Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Psychology and for Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest. He is a fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis and recipient of its Distinguished Achievement Award.

He has co-authored or edited four books: Acceptable Risk; A Two-State Solution in the Middle East: Prospects and Possibilities; Preference Elicitation; and Risk Communication: The Mental Models Approach.
Both lectures are being presented by the University Lecture Series.