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Collage with portraits of Christopher Fynsk, Ursula Heise, and Illah Nourbakhsh

What Counts As Human?

The Warhol theater

Free Event

Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics at CMU and Director of Pittsburgh’s CREATE Lab, asks us to consider this: “What if we become so manipulable... that we’re the robots?”

He’ll pose this and other provocative questions in this interdisciplinary triple bill that brings literature, philosophy, and technology studies together to consider the human as an agent of mimicry and self-alienation by way of— and despite— technological advances.

Nourbakhsh will be joined by Christopher Fynsk, Maurice Blanchot Chair and Dean of the Philosophy and Critical Theory Division of the European Graduate School, and Ursula Heise, Professor of Literary Studies at UCLA and co-founder of its Lab for Environmental Narrative Strategies (LENS).


"Nourbakhsh’s most fundamental concern is dehumanization."



"Heise is the leading eco-critic of her generation."



"Fynsk writes in fearless existential strokes."



Free. Limited seating. Registration required.