Genetics & Social Justice: Personal Genetics in Health, History & Society – Alabama 2019
July 16 - July 18
Recent advances in genetic technology mean we have faster and cheaper access to more genetic information about ourselves than ever before. The increased use of genetics offers both promise for benefits and potential for misuse. As genetic technologies become more widespread, how can our society ensure that education about and access to this information is available to all people? How can we prepare students to make informed choices for themselves and for society?
In this 3-day interdisciplinary professional development workshop, we will explore the various ways in which genetics impacts our lives. We will discuss the intersection of genetics with medicine, reproduction, ancestry testing, genome editing and CRISPR, athletics, sex and gender, law enforcement, and the American eugenics movement. Attendees will receive pgEd’s curriculum and learn how to include discussions of the ethical, social, and legal implications of personal genetics in their classrooms.
Content areas: Social studies, biology, biotechnology, humanities, health, law and government
Everyone welcome, particularly teachers of grades 8-12, college professors and administrators.
Stipend: $150. Housing will be provided at the University of Alabama-Huntsville for out-of-town attendees.