Crossroads of Ideas is a public lecture series held monthly on Tuesday evenings during the academic year that addresses challenging and engaging social science topics such as politics, policy issues, ethics, public perceptions, law and science and society.

The name Crossroads of Ideas reflects the importance of the Discovery Building as a place for campus and community to learn about thought-provoking topics. Crossroads refers to both the building's central location on campus and the intersection of the dozens of different disciplines that work and study here.

Tuesday
7:00 pm
May 1
H.F. DeLuca Forum

Crossroads of Ideas: A Head of Our Time?

A Head of Our Time? Issues and Ethics in Human Head Transplants is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.


Susan E. Lederer will explore transplants in commemoration of the bicentennial of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Lederer is the Robert Turell Professor of the History of Medicine and Bioethics at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health and has published on the history of both human and animal experimentation. Her books include Subjected to Science: Human Experimentation in America Before the Second World War (Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995); Frankenstein: Penetrating the Secrets of Nature (Rutgers University Press, 2002), and Flesh and Blood: A Cultural History of Transplantation and Transfusion in Twentieth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 2008). She is currently working, with Professor Susan Lawrence, on a history of whole body and organ donation in America.

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Crossroads of Ideas is supported by the Morgridge Institute for Research, UW–Madison and WARF.

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