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Who Are You? Genetics and Identity

Friday, 6 April 2007 Leave a comment Go to comments

070314_genetics series_future perfect logo-get here from mendel The Illinois Humanities Council (IHC) announces the next event in its year-long series, Future Perfect: Conversations on the Meaning of the Genetics Revolution…

Who Are You?
Genetics and Identity

6:00 PM – 8:00 PMWednesday, April 18, 2007
Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies
Bederman Auditorium
618 S Michigan Ave
This program is free and open to the public and reservations are required.
Make reservations
on-line, by phone 312.422.5580, or via email.
When registering, please provide your name, contact information, the names of all your guests, and how you first learned of this event.
Reserved seats will be released 10 minutes before the event begins if registered attendees have not yet arrived.

Identity is shaped by a myriad of factors. To what extent does knowledge about our genetic makeup affect our perceptions of ourselves and others? Can new information from genetic testing challenge long-held notions related to race, gender, sexual orientation, personality, or ethnic identity? How might genetic testing be used to include or exclude people from certain groups?

  • Timothy F. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy in the Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago; Author of the book, Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research
  • Sloan Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Anthropology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Laura Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professor DePaul University Humanities Center, Contributing columnist, Chicago Sun-Times (moderator)

This event is presented in partnership with the American Medical Association, the Center on Halsted, Columbia College Chicago’s Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Art and Media, and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

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