As part of the ongoing programming for the Center for the Advancement of the Humanities, we will be hosting special topic seminars open to all students, faculty, staff, and community.

 Flyer for event featuring a robot and the text reads: Transhumanism: Implications. Below: What is the future of humanity?

Transhumanism: Narratives and Implications

This zero-credit seminar is offered to explore one of the most generative and widely influential ideas of our time: transhumanism. Although it has various expressions, transhumanism in general refers to the idea that human evolution is incomplete and will soon take an unprecedented turn at the Singularity, the point at which humans develop a technologically enhanced intelligence that far surpasses their own cognitive powers. This could be a biological being sufficiently enhanced to count as a different species, an artificial intelligence, or some combination of the two. This imagined future poses several urgent questions for humanities scholars. Is further evolution of humans through technology desirable? Is it inevitable? How might it be resisted or controlled? What is likely to be the nature of transhuman beings, and how will they relate to present-day humans? What will be the human (as distinct from the posthuman or the transhuman) future? What ethical concerns should guide future research into transhumanism? These and other issues will form the focus for our readings, film viewings, and discussion.  Because the course is non-credit, we will meet every other week to keep the workload at a reasonable level. 

This runs from September 10th to December 3rd in Cudahy 118, 9-10:30 am. Coffee and muffins are served. *Please note change in location

Hosted by: Dr's Katherine Hayles, visiting AMUW Chair, and Gerry Canavan, English

Contact Dr. Gerry Canavan for more information.

 

Previous Seminars

Bob Dylan Seminar

This seminar is open to all Marquette students, staff, and faculty with an interest in Bob Dylan and the question of his cultural importance. This seminar runs from February 16th until May 7th. Those who are interested in participating should contact Dr. James South.