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THE GOOD PLACE: Creating Communities*
What makes your community a good place to live? What can those who live there do to improve its quality of life? How can your community be one that people want to move to?
We will talk about the Buen Vivir! (Spanish for “good living”) of communities – those assets in which residents can invest that will help the community spiral up. What if those investments empowered all the people, protected the environment, and created a vibrant economy?
What a radical thought! Be ready for a lively discussion on how together we can create great places to live.
Dr. Gary Goreham has been a professor of community development and rural sociology at North Dakota State University since 1985. He and his students have worked with scores of communities across the three-state region to explore ways to make these places sustainable, resilient, and Buen Vivir! He finds that “people-sized” organizations like churches, cooperatives, voluntary organizations, and community development groups can provide the leadership for communities that residents want to move to and live in.
Gary facilitates a five-state/multi-university Master’s degree program in community development, which compares community life across the U.S. and internationally (with emphasis on South Korea). The lessons learned are shared with students at NDSU as Gary invites them to, “Come, help make the world a better place!” Gary and his wife, Jonna, own and operate Maple Hills Orchard near Detroit Lakes, MN, which has become an experiment to empower people, protect the environment, and create a vibrant economy.
STRANDED: Engineering Our DNA*
Suggestions that our Homo sapiens germ line can benefit from a bit of genetic engineering immediately raises specters of eugenic programs gone horribly awry. It might be the case, however, that some genetic engineering on humans is morally permissible, and in a few instances, obligatory, especially for parents and societies who must pursue future generations’ best interests. Based on normally uncontentious premises – no harm, enabling thriving, and promoting social utility - there a strong argument can be made to support a duty to genetically engineer future generations' lives and deaths.
Professor Dennis Cooley received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Rochester in 1995. His teaching and research interests include theoretical and applied ethics with a focus on pragmatism, bioethics, business ethics, personhood, and death and dying. He is the author of Technology, Transgenics, and a Practical Moral Code (Springer, 2009), Death’s Values and Obligations: A Pragmatic Framework (Springer, 2015), and co-edited Passing/Out: Identity Veiled and Revealed (Ashgate, 2012). He is Secretary General of the International Academy of Medical Ethics and Public Health, co-editor of Springer’s International Library of Ethics, Law and the New Medicine, Associate Editor of Elsevier’s Ethics, Medicine and Public Health, and Director of the Northern Plains Ethics Institute.
*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations presented or expressed during these programs do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities North Dakota or the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This series invites you to participate in a facilitated public conversation with scholars who have expertise on a certain subject. The idea isn't to create consensus, but to foster an environment open to the discussion of varying viewpoints, ideas, and perspectives.