X or Y? Genetics expert to speak at TWU

Ideas of “selective breeding” and “gene therapy” have spurred a social dialogue that revives moral debate each time an advancement is made in genetic studies. On Wednesday, January 18, the public is invited to hear Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Larson, J.D., Ph.D., unpack some of the ethical and legal questions surrounding this sensitive science in his public lecture “Lessons for Human Genomics from our Eugenic Past” at Trinity Western University.

Larson is a specialist on the history of eugenics and ethical issues of human gene testing and therapy. He has published over 60 articles on these subjects and authored several books. In 1997, his “Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion” won him the Pulitzer Prize in history. Larson is also a member of the ethics committee for Human Genome Project, holds the Talmadge Chair of Law and is a professor of American history at the University of Georgia.

Additional books authored by Larson include, “Trial and Error: The American Controversy Over Creation and Evolution” which chronicles the legal battles over teaching evolution in American public schools, and “Sex, Race and Science: Eugenics in the Deep South.” This book examines the legislative history of eugenics.

Larson will also lecture on “The Impact of Darwinism and the Concept of the Soul” on Tuesday, January 17 at 4 p.m. at the Woodward IRC 2, 2198 Health Sciences Mall, UBC for the Graduate & Faculty Christian Forum. Both the TWU and UBC lectures are sponsored by a grant from the Metanexus Society.

Event: Lessons for Human Genomics from our Eugenic Past
Presented by Edward Larson, J.D., Ph.D.
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Northwest Auditorium, Northwest Building at Trinity Western University
7600 Glover Rd, Langley, BC
Cost: No charge
Contact: For more information contact Judy Toronchuk, (604) 888-7511 ext. 3104, or (604) 591-8016
Sponsor: Canadian Scientific and Christian Affiliation www.csca.ca

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,300 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 14 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2007-10-11
Author: Erin Mussolum