Past Event

The Ethics of Scientific Progress

A Public Square at the IHC Event

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Einstein was a passionate humanitarian who devoted much of his later years to thinking and writing about philosophy, religion, and the wages of war. He was particularly interested in the distinction between human progress and scientific progress. He believed that: “Science can only ascertain what is, but not what should be, and outside of its domain value judgements of all kinds remain necessary. He also warned of the dire costs of technological advances in warfare, explaining that he knew “not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”

The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council invites the public to join a distinguished group of philosophers, religious leaders and scientists in a conversation about the ethical dimensions of science.


  • Lennard Davis

    Professor of English and Disability Studies

    University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Eboo Patel

    Executive Director

    Interfaith Youth Core
  • Jennifer Reardon

    Assistant Professor of Sociology

    University of California Santa Cruz
  • Laurie Zoloth


    Center of Bioethics, Science and Society

    Northwestern University

    Feinberg School of Medicine

Chicago Public Radio’s Aaron Freeman will moderate.

Please Note: We will release reserved seats 10 minutes before all IHC programs begin if registered attendees have not yet arrived.

For more information, contact Kristin Millikan at 312.422.5580.