POSTPONED TO LATE SUMMER 2021
Learn more about the postponement here. Until then, we hope you will join in the conversation between scientists, ethicists, and others by following @SIFKnow on social media and signing up to receive updates on the conference and other SIFK events.
Original conference schedule and description below.
In light of new technologies like CRISPR, the seemingly infinite possibilities of altering the human genome have sparked ethical debate in communities across the globe. Some scholars have argued that genetic intervention into the human body is eugenics dressed up in less objectionable clothing. Others deny any relationship between the ravaging force of 20th century eugenics and the improvements to health made possible by gene editing. This sparks a myriad of questions: were 20th century eugenics corrupted by bad science and state intervention? Do we have a moral obligation to prevent some forms of disabilities? Who gets to decide what’s a disability? How do we make sure that the road we travel today is a good one? And then again, who decides what “good” is in the first place?
Join thirty leading international thinkers at the University of Chicago to discuss the bioethical, historical, racial, political, and economic challenges of genetic editing, and its impact on the Future of the Human.
Thursday, April 30, 2020: Keynote
Friday, May 1, 2020: Sessions 1-3
Session 1 — Eugenics: Race, History and Legacy.
Session 2 — Genetic Medicine Today
Session 3 — Genetics in Politics
Saturday, May 2, 2020: Sessions 4-6
Session 4 — Genetics and Disability
Session 5 — Race after Technology
Session 6 — Religion and Ethics
Sunday, May 3, 2020: Sessions 7 and 8
Session 7 — The Economics of Genetic Research
Session 8 — Endnote
Co-Sponsored by: The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge, The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, The Booth School of Business, The Harris School of Public Policy, The Division of Biological Sciences, The Morris Fishbein Center for the History of Science and Medicine, The Divinity School, The Department of History, The Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, The Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics & Global Health, International House, and others.