Who Owns My Body, Capstone Event, GBR

March 29th, 2011

Save the date for the 2010-2011 Go Big Read Capstone Event, Who Owns My Body and Where is it Now? April 15-16, 2011.

This free, two-day capstone event of discussions, lectures and films will explore questions surrounding the body as property, as well as the ways in which the current landscape has and hasn’t changed since the days of Henrietta Lacks. Visit this link to view the agenda. All sessions will take place at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, Town Center.

Friday highlights include a keynote lecture from Ruth Faden, Executive Director of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics on the controversies raised in the Skloot book and a showing of “Made in India” to be followed by a moderated discussion.

On Saturday, panelists Alta Charo, Pilar Ossorio and Norm Fost will explore whether Henrietta Lacks and her cells would meet with the same fate in today’s environment. Vanessa Northington Gamble, University Professor of Medical Humanities at George Washington University, will deliver a keynote lecture, “Henrietta Lacks Beyond Her Cells: Race, Racism, and American Medicine.”

Complete the registration form if you plan to attend either or both days.

The capstone event has been co-sponsored by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, the UW Law School, the UW-Madison Libraries and WARF.

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