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Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023 | 06:00 pm - 07:00 pm EST

Location:  Zoom (Virtual)
United States

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Do we have a path for our lives that is predetermined by a deity or how atoms are moving since the Big Bang? Or do we truly get to direct our terrestrial journey with our own decisions? Or, is decision-making simply a reaction to biological needs, influenced by external forces? We hope you choose to join our discussion. This session is hosted in partnership with the Duke Alumni Board and will be filmed in front of a live audience.


  • Jesse Summers, Associate Director of the Purpose Project, Kenan Institute for Ethics


  • Henry Petroski, Aleksander S. Vesic Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Pratt School of Engineering
  • Tamar Kushnir, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences
  • Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Chauncey Stillman Professor of Practical Ethics, Trinity College of Arts & Sciences