Past Event

How Free Are We?

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Research suggests that our genetic makeup may determine our behavior, health, and life expectancy. Yet, there is debate about how and to what extent.

If our genes do predispose us to certain behaviors or conditions, does this change our notions of free will? How much control do we have over our lives and our behavior?


  • Kevin Guilfoile, Author, Cast of Shadows
  • Jeremy Manier, Science and Medical Writer, Chicago Tribune
  • Eric Turkheimer, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia
  • Laurie Zoloth, Ph.D., Director, Center for Bioethics, Science and Society, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

This event is presented in partnership with the American Medical Association and The Duncan YCMA Chernin Center for the Arts.

There is free parking at this event available at the rear of the building.

Reservations required. Reservations can be made on-line, via email, or by calling 312.422.5580.


If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit Chicago Parking