Speaker Series


Cosima Herter, writer and science consultant for the Emmy Award-winning BBC program, Orphan Black, is coming to Drury to give a series of talks and meet with students and faculty during CHASS week. Orphan Black is a thriller about clones. It deals with issues including the relationship between biology and psychology, the effects of social environments on behavior, the ethics of genetic technology and human experimentation, and the history of applied biology. Throughout the semester, the Philosophy and Religion Club is screening episodes of the Orphan Black and hosting discussions. There will be opportunities for students to meet with and interact with Cosima during her visit. In addition to talking about the show and the themes of the show, Cosima will also be discussing the way that she used her background in the history and philosophy of science to develop an exciting and non-traditional career path.


Every Wednesday, 6pm: Pearson 116: Orphan Black screenings, discussion, and popcorn hosted by the Philosophy and Religion Club.

Monday, April 24

1-2 pm, Reed Auditorium: Cosima will give a brief introduction to the scientific themes of Orphan Black and her science consulting work followed by questions and discussion. The audience for this talk is primarily students and faculty in the sciences.

 7-9 pm Lay Hall Auditorium: Cosima will give a large public talk open to the community. All are invited. Cosima will discuss some of her exciting work in progress. More information will be forthcoming.

Tuesday, April 25

11:45am-1:20pm, Lunch with Drury Students: Humanities, arts, and communications students will have an opportunity to have lunch with Cosima. Students who are interested in attending can contact Dr. Katie Gilbert at kgilbert@drury.edu or Dr. Jack Powers at jpowers004@drury.edu.

1:30-3pm, (Location TBD): Cosima will give a brief introduction to working as a humanities scholar in the entertainment industry followed by questions and discussion. The audience for this talk is primarily Drury students and faculty in the humanities, arts, and communication.

Ms. Herter’s visit is co-sponsored by the Departments of Biology; History, Philosophy and Religion; Literature and Languages; Communication; Behavioral Sciences; and the Humanities and Ethics Center.