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Fall 2021

The Coming Good Society

Do Robots Have Rights? How about Rocks?

Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz

Date: October 21, 2021 

Respondent: Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, President and CEO, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee 

Animals, robots, and even ecosystems need to be considered holders of rights if we truly want to create a good society. 

After decades of promoting human rights, Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz challenges us to think hard about how rights evolve with changing circumstances, and what rights will look like ten, twenty, or fifty years from now. In these Minns Lectures webinars, hosted by First Church Boston, King's Chapel, and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, he details the many frontiers of rights today and the debates surrounding them. 

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).


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