UAlbany UAlbany Science Colloquium
Author Stephen Hall
Discusses the Promise and Threat of "Practical Immortality"
James Goldsberry (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (September 9, 2003) -- How far
can life expectancy be pushed? How does biotechnology impact
our lives? These and other hard questions will be discussed
in a presentation of the University Libraries' fall Science
Colloquia Series at the University at Albany. The series will
begin on Thursday, September 18, 3-5 p.m., in the Standish
Room of the Science Library with a presentation by Stephen
S. Hall, a science writer who focuses on immortality as well
Hall, an acclaimed chronicler of biomedicine,
presses the hard questions. Who should make biotechnical decisions
that change the course of human existence? Is it possible
to know too much? In his most recent book, Merchants of Immortality:
Chasing the Dream of Human Life Extension (2003), Hall discusses
these controversial issues.
Join the Science Library Colloquia and the
Friends of the Libraries for this lecture and discussion.
This event is free and open to the public. A catered reception
and book signing will follow. Contact Science Librarian Gregg
Sapp for more information: Gsapp@uamail.albany.edu or (518)
For two decades, Hall has written about contemporary
science and its ethical and social implications. He describes
the origins of biotechnology in Invisible Frontiers and cartographic
approaches to scientific knowledge in Mapping the Next Millennium.
He is a contributing writer to New York Times Magazine, and
his scientific essays have appeared in Atlantic Monthly, The
New York Times Book Review, The Smithsonian, Technology Review,
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