Bonnie Steinbock on “Choosing
Our Children’s Genes”
10 lecture is part of the Friends of the Libraries’ spring
2005 semester program
Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (March 2, 2005) -UAlbany philosophy
professor Bonnie Steinbock will lecture on “Choosing
Our Children’s Genes” on March
10, 4-6 p.m. in the Standish Room, New Library,
located on the University at Albany uptown
campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Professor Steinbock has taught and lectured
widely on topics in bioethics, with particular
emphasis on reproduction and genetics. She
has served on a number of working groups in
the United States and Europe, most recently
a Hastings Center working group on reprogenetics.
Recent articles have been on defining parenthood,
moral status, embryonic stem cell research,
payment to egg donors, and sex selection. She
is the area editor in Fertility and Reproduction
for the 3rd edition of Encyclopedia
of Bioethics (Macmillan, 2004). She is the author of Life
Before Birth: The Moral and Legal Status of
Embryos and Fetuses (Oxford, 1992; paperback
1996) and the editor of Legal
and Ethical Issues in Human Reproduction (Ashgate
2002). Steinbeck is the co-editor (with John
Arras and Alex John London) of Ethical
Issues in Modern Medicine, 6th edition (McGraw-Hill,
2002), the co-editor (with Alastair Norcross)
of Killing and Letting
Die (Fordham, 1994),
and the co-editor (with Dan Beauchamp) of New
Ethics for the Public's Health (Oxford, 1999).
She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses
in ethics, bioethics, and philosophy of law,
as well as graduate courses in public policy
and public health. Professor Steinbock is also
a member of faculty in Bioethics, Albany Medical
College and Union University.
Professor Steinbock’s talk is part of
the University Libraries’ semester-long
program, “What Is ‘Nature’ in
the 21st Century?”, a series of programs,
panel discussions, and films that amplify some
of the themes in Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Co-sponsors and participants in this spring
2005 series include Albany’s University
Libraries, the University Art Museum, the College
of Arts and Sciences, the Science Library Colloquia,
the Friends of the Libraries, the New York
State Writers Institute, Women’s Studies,
the Institute for Research on Women, the Center
for Humanities and Techno Science, the Department
of English, the Program in Journalism, and
the School of Information Science and Policy.
All events are free and open to the public.
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as one of the top 100 research libraries in
the United States by the Association of Research
Libraries. The Libraries serve the University’s
community, the citizens of New York State,
and scholars and researchers from around the
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University’s Libraries, visit: http://library.albany.edu.
Note to editors and writers: for updated information
on the semester-long programming, visit our
Website. On the Website, you will find information
about the traveling exhibit, Frankenstein:
Penetrating the Secrets of Nature, on display
at UAlbany’s New Library Atrium, December
22, 2004-February 18, 2005. Funded by the National
Endowment for Humanities (NEH), the National
Library of Medicine (NLM), and the American
Library Association (ALA), the exhibit encourages
audiences to examine the intent of Mary Shelley’s
novel, Frankenstein. Our program lets people
view Shelley’s novel from literary, social,
historical, and political points of view. Some
current artists-working in film, sculpture,
painting, and new synthetic forms-also give
expression to Shelley’s themes. What
is the nature of being “human” and
how have definitions changed in our new century?
What are the implications of using our power
for manipulating the “natural” world?
What are the ethical implications of biomedical
and biotechnical research and engineering?