Why Am I a Bioconservative: A Public Lecture by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

September 26, 2014

A Public Lecture by Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

October 23, 2014

7:00 to 8:00 pm Watson Theater

Reception & Book Signing 8:00 to 9:00 pm

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Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

This lecture has two interrelated purposes. First, it broadly suggests ways that principles, logics, guidelines, and rules of religious bioethics can serve effectively in situations and for populations outside of the particular religious tradition that generates them. Second, it offers the term bioconservative to describe my own ethical position as a disability bioethicist. To do this, I lay out a position between the concepts of conservation and liberal social politics to bridge religious and nonreligious belief communities. Because the term conservative is associated with the politics of the right, I bring forward a rationale for what is accomplished by invoking the term conservative and conservation for a disability equality and human rights-based perspective in bioethics. In the service of these larger aims, and most specifically, this talk draws from religious bioethics to explicate dignity as it pertains to quality-of-life judgments used in biomedical decision-making for life ending medical treatments.

This lecture is sponsored by the Central New York Humanities Corridor, from an award by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Co-sponsored by the SU Humanities Center in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Burton Blatt Institute, the SU Disability Cultural Center, Hendricks Chapel, and David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, with support from: Center on Human Policy; Cultural Foundations of Education; School of Education; School of Social Work; Department of Women’s and Gender Studies; Slutzker Center for International Services; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center; Disability Student Union; Disability Law and Policy Program at the College of Law; Disability Studies; Renée Crown University Honors Program; Office of Multicultural Affairs; Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee (BCCC); and Disability Law Society.

American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided during the presentation and the reception/book signing. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) will be provided during the presentation.

If you require accommodations for this event, please contact William Myhill at 315-443-1367 or wmyhill@syr.edu by 10/16/14. Free accessible parking will be available in Booth Garage adjacent to Watson Hall.