"The Human Prospect and the Fate of Our Planetary Civilization:

Science, Humanism, Ethics, and the Task Before Us."


An Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV) Symposium 
April 12-13, 2013

 Columbia University, New York City


Philip Kitcher • Rebecca Newberger Goldstein • Ronald Aronson • Susan Jacoby • James Giordano •

Lindsay Beyerstein • John Shook • Toni Van Pelt • Terry O'Neill • Dr. Ron Miller •

Bob Bindschadler • Stuart Jordan • Nel Noddings • Larry Hickman • Nathan Bupp •

Jacques Berlinerblau •  Barry Kosmin • Anthony Pinn • Linda LaScola

Video Of This Event Coming Soon!

H.G. Wells wrote in 1919, “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.”  A little over a decade into the 21st century and we humans find ourselves confronted with an interesting paradox: We face unprecedented challenges, yet at the same time unprecedented opportunities. How we respond to these challenges will determine—in large measure—our fate as a species. What should be the response of the secularist, scientific rationalist and secular humanist? What role can a critically engaged humanist public philosophy play in both educating the public and dealing constructively with the pressing social, political, and ethical challenges confronting us today. It is here that we encounter momentous issues at the intersection of science and human values. The late secular humanist visionary Paul Kurtz reminded us that, “No deity will save us; we must save ourselves.” Never before have greater levels of responsibility been demanded of us as citizens and stewards of civilization. Perhaps the next giant leap forward for humankind will come when we as a species collectively come to realize that at this critical juncture in our journey here on planet earth, evolution really is a state of mind.

ISHV's Third Annual Symposium will feature a gathering of distinguished scientists, scholars and authors in an interdisciplinary examination of these and other pressing issues at the forefront of humanism and society today. 

Topics to be addressed include:

  • Advancing political secularism; humanism and the “religiously unaffiliated”

  • Reaching out to Non-Believing Clergy

  • Ethics as a human project

  • Secular Humanism beyond disbelief

  • Making Science and Humanism easier bedfellows

  • The intersection of Humanism and Feminism

  •  Keeping our laws and our ethics in pace with rapid technological change and growth

  • The ethical imperative of responding to climate change

  • Humanism and Progressivism 





Registration is $175 for the general public and $60 for students (valid student ID required at door and limited to 25 students). Check drop down box for Saturday lunch & daily prices.


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11280 Freedom Ct.

Seminole, FL. 33772



Date: Friday, April 12, 2013 
Time: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Time: 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM

Columbia University
Faculty House
64 Morningside Drive
New York, NY 10027
Phone:(212) 854-1200


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