Conversations in Bioethics is an annual campus-wide discussion of a crucial bioethics issue.
Each year, this series brings together creative student work, distinguished speakers, and the broader campus community to explore a topic in bioethics and inspire leadership for change.
This year, our focus is on personal genomics. The revolution in DNA sequencing technology has made it widely possible to sequence individual human genomes, with dramatic implications for personalized medical care, prenatal genetic testing, forensic investigation, and genetic information privacy.
Join distinguished experts Spencer Wells, Explorer in Residence at National Geographic whose work on evolution and genetics has taken him across the globe and deep into human history, Joanna Rudnick, whose Emmy-nominated documentary explores her family’s experience with a harmful BRCA1 gene mutation, and James Fallon, a neurobiology researcher whose work on psychopaths unexpectedly revealed that he is one, for a lively discussion and Q&A moderated by Maggie Little, director of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
The evening begins with a curated gallery of student encounters with personal genomics on the first floor of Healy Hall. Browse the gallery and enjoy passed drinks and hors d'oeuvres with students and panelists before moving upstairs to Gaston Hall for the moderated discussion.
Gallery opens: 5:00pm, Healy Foyer
Conversation begins: 6:00–7:30pm, Gaston Hall
The series was launched with the vision and the generous support of Fran Buckley, NHS’78.