Minns Spring 2020 Series: The Coming Good Society

William F. Schulz
May 13, 20, & 21, 2020

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Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz

Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz served as president of the Unitarian Universalist Association before becoming executive director of Amnesty International USA in 1994 and then president of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee from 2010–16. He is co-author with Sushma Raman of The Coming Good Society: Why New Realities Demand New Rights (Harvard University Press).

Lecture 1: Where Do Rights Come From?
Rights describe a good society. Just as our notion of the “good society” may change from generation to generation, so should our understanding of rights.
Wednesday, May 13 | 6:30 pm
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston

Lecture 2: Brave New World?
If rights change with changing circumstances, some rights may need to be reconceived. Today new technologies can track our every step and even produce “designer babies,” so how should we update the rights to privacy and personal sovereignty?
Wednesday, May 20 | 6:30 pm
First Church in Boston, 66 Marlborough St., Boston

Lecture 3: Do Robots Have Rights? How About Rocks?
Animals, robots, and even ecosystems need to be considered holders of rights if we truly want to create a good society.
Thursday, May 21 | 6:30 p.m.
King's Chapel, 58 Tremont St., Boston

There is no charge to attend these lectures