Practices of Biological Citizenship

2:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

A new kind of citizenship is taking shape in the age of biomedicine, biotechnology and genomics. With increased access to genetic tests applied to medicine, geneology, and crime, individuals can find themselves being excluded or included in communities, emerge with new identities, or form new communities based on genetic knowledge. This symposium seeks to provide a critical frame to the discussion of biological citizenship as it relates to neurodiversity, race, and

Speakers include:

 Amy Harmon is a Pulitzer-prize winning correspondent for the New York Times. She won the Pulitzer in Explanatory Reporting in 2008 for the “DNA Age” series, which “explores the benefits and burdens of genetic information as it filters out of scientific laboratories into everyday life.” In 2007, she won the Newswomen’s Club Front Page Award for science reporting.

Cindy Patton is Canada Research Chair in Community, Culture & Health and Professor of Anthropology and Sociology at Simon Fraser University. She is author of Globalizing AIDS, Fatal Advice: How Safe- Sex Education Went Wrong, Inventing AIDS, among others, and co-editor of Queer Diasporas.

Harriet A. Washington is the author of Deadly Monopolies and Medical Apartheid, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the 2007 PEN Oakland Award, and the 2007 American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award. She has been a fellow in medical ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University.

Supported in part by the Natural Sciences and Mathematics Department at Eugene Lang College with Stony Brook University and Columbia University.


Stony Brook University (Manhattan Campus) - 387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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