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'Why Be Human?' is lecture focus, April 23

"Why Be Human?" is the question that Duquesne University political scientist Charles Rubin will address in a public lecture scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 23, in 6 Friend Center.

Rubin's current research and writing focus on emerging technologies -- such as biotechnology, artificial intelligence and robotics, neuroscience and nanotechnology -- and those who believe they will allow the redesign of humanity. He also has studied the political theory of environmentalism and urban planning, and issues in science, technology and policy.

Rubin is the author of "The Green Crusade: Rethinking the Roots of Environmentalism" and the editor of a volume of essays on the conservation movement, "Conservation Reconsidered: Nature, Virtue and American Liberal Democracy."

The lecture is part of the "America's Founding and Future" series sponsored by the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions.

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