Tompkins County Public Library

Thursday, August 26, 2010


The Tompkins County Public Library will host “What Makes Ithaca Human?,” a panel and public discussion on empathy and the impact of science and technology, Thursday, August 26, at 6:00 PM in the Library’s BorgWarner Community Room.

Held in conjunction with the 2010 Community Read of Philip K. Dick’s “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?,” the panel will be moderated by Gary Stewart, director of community relations for Cornell University. Panelists are:

• Bruce Lewenstein-- professor of Science Communication at Cornell and the 2010 chair of the “Societal Implications of Science and Engineering” section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

• Anke Wessels – executive director of the Center for Transformative Action, (formerly Center for Religion, Ethics, and Social Policy,) which calls for a need to stay free from "us vs. them" strategies that often exacerbate social problems.

• Peter Bardaglio-- author, senior fellow at Second Nature, coordinator of the Tompkins County Climate Protection Initiative and former provost and vice president of academic affairs at Ithaca College (2002-07).

Intended to inspire a community conversation about what sets humans apart, the program will feature lively discussion and audience participation. The evening will end with a question to the audience: "On the topic of empathy, what in 'Androids' really hit home for you? And, should Ithaca and Tompkins County be more empathetic?”

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Carrie Wheeler-Carmenatty at (607) 272-4557 extension 248 or

The 2010 Community Read is made possible by the Brooks Family Foundation and Cornell University.

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