The A.R.T. of Reproduction: Reconceiving the Human Person

April 4, 2014 — April 5, 2014

 

Artificial reproductive technologies have raised profound questions—and for those conceived through ARTs profoundly existential questions—about the relation between human identity and human origins, about the meaning of marriage, the human body, motherhood, fatherhood, and kinship.  Which is to say that in saying ‘yes’ to ARTs, our culture, perhaps unwittingly, has accepted much more than a mere technique for remedying infertility. It has accepted in practice an understanding of human being—a fundamental anthropology—without precedent in human history and fundamentally at odds with its own cultural patrimony.  It is the purpose of this symposium to explore the many facets of the ‘anthropological challenge’ posed now and in the future by the proliferation of ARTs.

 

Dr. John Bruchalski - The Gift of Life and Life-Giving Suffering: Understanding Fertility and the Drama of Infertility

Alana Newman - The Gift of Life and Life-Giving Suffering: Understanding Fertility and the Drama of Infertility

Margaret Harper McCarthy - Modern Women-Modern Mothers: Resetting the Biological Clock

Melissa Moschella - Rights without Limits: Reproduction in an Age of Same-Sex "Marriage"

David Crawford - Rights without Limits: Reproduction in an Age of Same-Sex "Marriage"

Michael Hanby- Re-designing Conception: When Art Replaces Nature

Stephan Kampowski - Re-designing Conception: When Art Replaces Nature