2021 Grefenstette Symposium

2021 Symposium

November 4, 2021
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Duquesne University, Power Center
Join us in-person or via livestream. Register by Nov 1.

Biometric technologies are integrated into the fabric of our lives. All with a single fingerprint or facial scan you can access everything from your heart rate to your online banking services. They are here to stay and will continue to grow in popularity as they make our lives easier, but at what cost?

The Grefenstette annual symposium will not only delve into the technological or political issues surrounding biometric technologies but also the ethical and theological implications that require further exploration.

Who Should Attend & Registration

Professionals and students in the fields of computer, media, ethics, theology, technology and law are encouraged to attend.

Registration is required by Monday, November 1.

  • 8:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Four panel sessions can be attended in-person or via livestream.
  • 4 - 6 p.m. - Workshops on International Governance Ethics or Corporate Ethics are only available for in-person attendees.

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Free lunch and snacks provided to attendees!

Symposium Agenda & Livestream

Speakers from various backgrounds will participate in four panel sessions and a workshop on International Governance Ethics and Corporate Ethics.

Livestream link to view the four panel sessions will be available on this webpage on the day of the event. Please stop back then.

8:30 a.m. Registration
9:15 a.m. Workshop Kickoff
John Slattery, Directing Fellow, Grefenstette Center
President Ken Gormley, Welcome
9:25 a.m. Panel 1: Technology: Challenges & Possibilities
Moderator: Kathleen M. Carley, CMU, IDeaS

Stephanie Schuckers, Paynter-Krigman Endowed Professor in Engineering Science / Director of the Center for Identification Technology Research (CITeR) at Clarkson University
Arun Ross, Professor; John and Eva Cillag Endowed Chair in the College of Engineering and a Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Michigan State University
10:40 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m.

Panel 2: Ethical Responses: Possible and Practical
Moderator: Nathan Colaner, External Fellow, Grefenstette Center

Liz O'Sullivan, CEO, Parity
Reid Blackman, CEO, Virtue

12:15 p.m. Lunch (with Poster Viewing)
1:40 p.m.

Panel 3: Response of Catholic Theological Ethics
Moderator: Matthew Gaudet, External Fellow, Grefenstette Center

Andrea Vicini, Michael P. Walsh Professor of Bioethics, Professor of Moral Theology, Boston College Theology Department
Brianne Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Theology & Religious Studies at Emmanuel College

2:55 p.m. Break
3:15 p.m.

Panel 4: Policy Considerations
Moderator: Beth Schwanke, Executive Director of the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy, and Security

Elizabeth Rowe, Irving Cypen Professor of Law, Distinguished Teaching Scholar, Professor of Law, Director, Program in Intellectual Property Law at University of Florida Levin College of Law
Clare Garvie, Senior Associate, Center on Privacy & Technology, Georgetown University Law Center

4:20 p.m. Break
4:30 p.m.

Workshopping International Governance Ethics and Corporate Ethics
Breakout A: International Governance Ethics
Breakout B: Corporate Ethics

5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks - John Slattery, Directing Fellow, Grefenstette Center
6:00 p.m. End

Duquesne Student Poster Session

Undergraduate and graduate students, both at Duquesne and from the greater Pittsburgh area, are invited to present their research posters in-person at the Power Center during the symposium. Students interested in participating should review the guidelines and submit their poster no later than Friday, October 29. The best undergraduate and graduate posters will receive a $500 award!

Contact Us

For more information about this event, please email grefenstettecenter@duq.edu or call 412.396.5080.