Professor to explore love/hate relationships with transportation

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Dr. Laura Hartman, assistant professor of religion at Augustana College, will deliver a lecture on “Technology, Ethics and the Environment” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18, in Room 102 of the Hanson Hall of Science (726 35th Street).

Dr. Hartman believes people tend to have a love/hate relationship with technology, saying, “We benefit from lifesaving and labor-saving technologies daily, and yet we also worry that our technology is making us less intelligent, less healthy and less engaged in the world.”

An ethicist herself, she continued, “Ethicists of many persuasions counsel limiting technology — drawing lines between good and bad uses. But can we truly see the lines and enforce the limits when technology also changes the way we think about the world?”

Dr. Hartman acknowledges there are no clear answers, but she will share her own efforts to wrestle with the issues and “try to find wise, healthy attitudes toward technology and its environmental impact.”

She added, “I hope that audiences will be inspired and challenged by the conversation.”

Dr. Hartman has done extensive research in the area of environmental ethics and has published a book and several articles on topics related to environmental ethics. Her current research involves a study of transportation ethics, focusing particular attention on the environmental impact of the transportation decisions that people make.

The free, on-campus lecture is sponsored by the Augustana Center for the Study of Ethics, and it is part of an effort to facilitate discussions in the Quad-Cities community. If local groups are interested in hosting a discussion on a topic related to ethics, please contact Dr. Hartman at (309) 794-7345 or

For more information, please contact Keri Rursch, director of public relations, at (309) 794-7721 or