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Lessons of the Henrietta Lacks Story: Bioethics and Social Justice

Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 @ 1:45pm


Lessons of the Henrietta Lacks Story: Bioethics and Social Justice

Science and Social Justice Lecture presented by Dr. Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights, University of Pennsylvania School of Law.

In this lecture, Dr. Dorothy Roberts will outline the social construction of race and expose the historical entanglements of scientific research with the idea of biological race. The legacies of medical exploration, experimentation and neglect based on the interlocking realities of race, gender, and class will be given special attention within the frames of bioethics and legal boundaries for conducting research. Attention will be given to the lessons that scientists can learn from the Henrietta Lacks story in addressing the issues of medical care, research, and ethics as shaped by social inequities.

This lecture is made possible with the support from Africana Studies program, American Studies Department, Biology Department, EOF/MAP program, Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program, History Department, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Location: Boyd Recital, Wilson Hall