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To Be Human?: Birth, Death, and Artificial Life

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When:November 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage)
1119 SW Park Ave
Portland, OR 97205

Join OPB as we journey through science and science fiction to look at what it mean to be — and to stay — human. We begin at birth, with Angela Garbes’ new book, Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy. Then we confront one of humanity’s most looming existential threats, ocean level rise, with Elizabeth Rush’s Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore. Finally, we end with author Daniel H. Wilson’s first short story collection, Guardian Angels and Other Monsters, which explores strange, beautiful, and heart-breaking near futures where the line between human consciousness and artificial intelligence blurs. A complete arc of humanity in one glorious, fast-paced hour. Moderated by OPB’s Aaron Scott of Oregon Field Guide.

Advance 2018 Portland Book Festival passes available now.