Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, PhD
Professor of English
Abstract: This free reading and activist-academic networking hour at the Senator John Heinz History Center provides an opportunity for disability scholars and activists, health care professionals, and bioethicists to interact and enjoy hearing a new essay by author and disability theorist Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. As the arrival of full genome-editing techniques and other forms of novel biomedicine bring discussion of “curing,” “preventing” or otherwise obviating seemingly undesirable forms of human embodiment, Garland-Thomson’s work offers indispensable critical and conceptual tools for ensuring the survival of human difference in an age of eugenic biotechnology. Doors for this event open at 5:30 pm for tours of the “Pittsburgh: A History of Innovation” exhibit; program starts at 7:00 pm.
Co-sponsored by the Heinz History Center, Western Pennsylvania Disability History and Action Consortium, American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Disability and Rehabilitation Affinity Group, AMA Journal of Ethics, Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Bioethics & Health Law, and University of Pittsburgh Departments of English, History, and Sociology
Friday, October 25 at 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.