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Robert E. Moore Humanities Symposium: What Makes Us Human

What Makes Us Human?

November 3-5, 2016
Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitors Center, 2820 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth, TX

Join us for a symposium featuring scholars from a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropology, philosophy, evolutionary biology, fine arts, cognitive science/artificial intelligence and literature. All events are free and open to the public!


Carl Safina
Keynote address: Thursday, Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Award-Winning Writer and Conservationist
Author of Beyond Words:What Animals Think and Feel

Diane Ackerman
Keynote address: Saturday, Nov. 5, 3 p.m.
New York Times Bestselling Author, Poet, and Naturalist
Author of The Human Age: The World Shaped By Us


Philip Bechtel (Fort Worth, TX), “Definitions”

Christian Coseru (College of Charleston), “Does Altruism Make Us All Too Human?”

Tracy Hammond (Texas A&M), “What Activity Recognition and Artificial Intelligence Teach Us About Being Human”

A.P.D. Mourelatos (University of Texas at Austin), “Three Critiques of Anthropomorphism in Early Greek Philosophy”


Giri Akkaraju (Texas Christian University)

Rita Brock (Texas Christian University)

Andy Fort (Texas Christian University)

Richard Galvin (Texas Christian University)

Mark Moore (Earthville Network)

Mauricio Papini (Texas Christian University)

Mark Thistlethwaite (Texas Christian University)

Carol Thompson (Texas Christian University)

Sponsored by  TCU AddRan College of Liberal Arts, the College of Science & Engineering, John V. Roach Honors College, Department of Philosophy, TCU Press and the Office of the Provost. For more information, contact Beth Philp ( or 817 257 7370). Find us on Facebook (