Dr. Michael D. Bess, Chancellor’s Professor of History, Vanderbilt University.
“Human Genetic Technologies Through the Year 2060: Social and Moral Implications”
April 15, 2010
Dr. Bess received a Bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He then attended UC Berkley where he earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in History. Dr. Bess has served as a history professor at Vanderbilt University since 1989 and has been the Chancellor’s Professor of History since 2006.
Michael Bess has authored many peer reviewed publications and three books. Most of his work has focused on the role of science and technology in human civilization and how humankind must face the fast past change of science and technology.
His 2003 book, The Light-Green Society: Ecology and Technological Modernity in France, 1960-2000, received the the George Perkins Marsh prize from the American Society for Environmental History.