Sometimes the end of the semester also affords new opportunities to engage with interesting thought leaders and consider where the future of teaching, learning and research may lead us.
At a special Zócalo Public Square event last month in Los Angeles, I sat down in Los Angeles with physician, scientist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Siddhartha Mukherjee, to discuss what society’s growing knowledge of the human genome means to the future of humanity and how it is defined. Dr. Mukherjee wrote The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer and more recently, The Gene: An Intimate History, and shared his thoughts on the complex formula that comprises what it means to be human, as well as the idea that the definition of a human being is ever-changing.
Our conversation also explored the history of genetics, the potential wonders of genetics related to improving human health, concerns about possible misuse, and the significant responsibilities that come with the acquisition of self-knowledge in its most minute form.
As our ASU faculty and students continue working to find answers to the world’s most complex challenges, it is a pleasure to exchange ideas and questions with great contemporary thinkers, and to gain inspiration for new endeavors.
Video of my conversation with Dr. Mukherjee and a related podcast are online.