Conference: Advocacy & Genetics: Arenas of Engagement March 31, 2006, Sarah Lawrence College

Genetic breakthroughs have become increasingly relevant in all our lives, and have had far-reaching implications for issues as diverse as: how we define race; genetic discrimination and privacy; genetic identity; and the role of the pharmaceutical industry in advocacy and entrepreneurship. History has taught us that genetic information and technologies are too important to be the exclusive province of scientists, or of politicians. They must be joined by an informed public and must together decide how we construct and use genetic information.

Troy Duster will deliver the keynote address. Other speakers are Sharon Terry, Timothy Leshan and Kristen Karlberg. Speakers and Sarah Lawrence faculty will engage each other and the public in a day devoted to thoughtful dialogue and debate about how advocacy and genetics intersect today and how these “arenas of engagement” may evolve in the future.

The conference is sponsored by the Health Advocacy Program, the Human Genetics Program, and the Health, Science and Society faculty group at Sarah Lawrence College.

There is a $25 registration fee (waived for those with current Sarah Lawrence ID). Pre-registration requested. For online registration and more information, please visit