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ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE AGE OF AI AND TRANSHUMANISM

Presented by the MIT Catholic Community

ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS IN THE AGE OF AI AND TRANSHUMANISM

Sunday, April 7, Refreshments at 6:15 PM, Lecture at 6:30 PM
W20-21, MIT Student Center

This lecture is made possible by a grant from the Catherine McLaughlin-Hakim Fund and co-sponsored by the MIT Tech Catholic Community (TCC), Harvard Catholic Forum, and Harvard-MIT Chapter of the Society of Catholic Scientists.

WHAT IS SOCIAL SCIENCE? CHARLES TAYLOR'S CATHOLIC VISION OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

Presented by the Nova Forum for Catholic Thought

WHAT IS SOCIAL SCIENCE? CHARLES TAYLOR'S CATHOLIC VISION OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

Jun 2-8, 2024

Los Angeles, CA


Jason Blakely

Pepperdine University


Are the social sciences properly scientific? Will we one day discover a social physics—perhaps a blend of psychology, economics, and algorithms—that allows us to predict and engineer our common life? No one has done more intellectual work to cast doubt on these techno-utopian claims than Catholic philosopher Charles Taylor.


This seminar is open to all undergraduate students (including 2024 graduates).

ECONOMICS AND CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT: A PRIMER

Presented by the Institute for the Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, College of Arts and Letters, University of Notre Dame

ECONOMICS AND CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT: A PRIMER

Jun 2-5, 2024

Notre Dame, IN

Kirk Doran, Mary Hirschfeld & Joseph Kaboski

Notre Dame


Now in its seventh year, this seminar is designed as an introduction and immersion into Catholic social thought for graduate students and junior faculty in economics, finance, or related fields.


This seminar will be open to PhD students and faculty in economics, finance and related fields.

EARLY CHRISTIAN OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS

Presented by the Sheptytsky Institute of Eastern Christian Studies at the University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto

EARLY CHRISTIAN OLD TESTAMENT EXEGESIS

Jun 9-14, 2024

Toronto, ON

Lewis Ayres

Durham University

Paul Blowers

University of St. Michael's College

Rev. Andrew Simmerson, S.Th.D.

University of St. Michael's College


Scripture is the soul, shape, and content of early Christian theology. This week-long seminar will offer an intensive exploration of the foundational texts, concepts, and movements in Early Christian Old Testament exegesis from 100-700 AD.


Preference will be given to Ph.D. students in theology, philosophy, classics, and other relevant fields of study, though advanced M.A. students will be considered.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT IN BUSINESS EDUCATION

Presented by the John A. Ryan Institute for Catholic Social Thought at the University of St. Thomas

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT IN BUSINESS EDUCATION

Jun 11-14, 2024

St. Paul, MN

Jeffrey Burks

University of St. Thomas

Lloyd Sandelands

University of Michigan

Martin Schlag

University of St. Thomas

Andreas Widmer

Catholic University of America


During the seminar, graduate students and faculty members in business schools will cover foundational principles in Catholic social thought and apply them to their own field of research and teaching. 


This seminar will be open to graduate students and faculty of any specialization in business schools.

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ON FREE CHOICE

Presented by the Lumen Christi Institute

ST. THOMAS AQUINAS ON FREE CHOICE

Jun 16-23, 2024

Hyde Park, IL

Stephen Brock

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross


This seminar will be a five-day, intensive discussion aimed at understanding and evaluating St. Thomas Aquinas’ account of liberum arbitrium and of the psychological and metaphysical principles that underlie it.


This seminar will be open to PhD students in the humanities and relevant fields (such as philosophy, theology, english, classics, & history).

THE THOUGHT OF JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

THE THOUGHT OF JOHN HENRY NEWMAN

Jun 22-29, 2024

Oxford, UK

Stephen Fields

Georgetown University


Now in its eleventh year, this intensive seminar will examine the achievements of Saint John Henry Newman as a theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer.


This seminar is open to PhD students in theology, philosophy, classics, and other relevant fields of study.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ETHICS AND CATHOLIC THOUGHT

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ETHICS AND CATHOLIC THOUGHT

Jun 23-29, 2024

Durham, NC

Peter Casarella

Duke University

Paul Scherz

University of Virginia


The last few years have seen the rapid advance of artificial intelligence (AI), bearing potentially great benefits for the common good but also many dangers.


Open to Ph.D. students in theology, philosophy, computer science, and other relevant fields of study. Limited spots open to professionals within the field.

FAITH ON THE FRONTIERS: ORIGINS, COSMOS, AND EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE

Presented by COLLIS Institute for Catholic Thought and Culture at Cornell University, the In Lumine Network, and the Lumen Christi Institute

FAITH ON THE FRONTIERS: ORIGINS, COSMOS, AND EXTRATERRESTRIAL LIFE

Jul 7-13, 2024

Ithaca, NY

Christopher Baglow

University of Notre Dame

Jonathan Lunine

Cornell University

Karin Öberg

Harvard University


Where do we come from? Are humans a unique form of life? Is there life beyond our planet, and what would that mean for us? In this weeklong intensive seminar at Cornell University, we will explore scientific, philosophical, and theological approaches to these questions in an attempt to forge a holistic perspective in which the three disciplines are treated as distinct but mutually enriching paths to truth.


Open to all undergraduate students, including those who graduate in 2024 and recent graduates.

THE THOUGHT OF RENE GIRARD: UNDERSTANDING THE FAITH IN A SECULAR AGE

THE THOUGHT OF RENE GIRARD: UNDERSTANDING THE FAITH IN A SECULAR AGE

Jul 13-20, 2024

Stanford, CA

Grant Kaplan

St. Louis University

Trevor Cribben Merrill

Novelist


One of the most influential 20th century Catholic thinkers, René Girard transformed our understanding of culture, religion, and human behavior. His “mimetic theory" builds on the demystifying power of the Old and New Testaments to illuminate the religious history of mankind.


This seminar is open to all undergraduate students (including 2024 graduates) interested in understanding the thought of one of the great modern Christian apologists.

EUDAIMONIA: PHILOSOPHICAL, THEOLOGICAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

Presented by the Collegium Institute and the Lumen Christi Institute

EUDAIMONIA: PHILOSOPHICAL, THEOLOGICAL, AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES

Jul 21-27, 2024

Philadelphia, PA

Martin Seligman

University of Pennsylvannia

Candace Vogler

University of Chicago

Kristján Kristjánsson

University of Birmingham

Darcia Narvaez

University of Notre Dame

David Cloutier

Catholic University of America

Sarah Schnitker

Baylor University


This seminar will explore the nature of virtue and happiness by putting philosophical and theological perspectives on eudaimonia in dialogue with the empirical findings and theoretical frameworks of contemporary psychology, especially the field of positive psychology situated at Penn.


Open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in STEM fields, medicine, the history of science, philosophy, theology, and relevant fields.

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT: A CRITICAL INVESTIGATION

CATHOLIC SOCIAL THOUGHT: A CRITICAL INVESTIGATION

Jul 27-Aug 3, 2024

Berkely, CA

Russell Hittinger

University of Tulsa

Scott Roniger

Loyola Marymount University


In this seminar, students will read, analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in Catholic social thought from the late 19th century to the present.


This seminar is open to Ph.D. and J.D. students in theology, philosophy, law, social sciences, and relevant fields of study.

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