|For Immediate Release (01-22)
Date: March 14, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon 240-567-7952
College to Host April 11 Town Meeting on "Who Gets the Good
Genes? Promise and Perils of the New Genetics"
Leading Authority on
Social Implications of Human Genetic Engineering,
Dr. Troy Duster, to Provide Keynote Address
Genetic science offers great hope for the
cure of disease, but it also raises the specter of eugenics
movements and questions about efforts to design human beings. To
explore these issues, a panel of top experts in the field will
engage honors biology students from Walter Johnson H.S., along
with Montgomery College students, faculty, and the general
public in a lively roundtable discussion and open mike forum as
part of Montgomery College’s upcoming third annual Town Meeting
on Wednesday, April 11, from 6:30–8 p.m. A pre-forum reception,
to which the public is invited, will be held at 6 p.m. The event
will be held in the Theatre Arts Arena on the Rockville Campus.
Dr. Troy Duster, a nationally known
authority on the social implications of human genetic
engineering will provide the keynote address.
Dr. Duster is chancellor's professor of
sociology and director of the American Cultures Center at the
University of California, Berkeley. He is also professor of
sociology at New York University and a member of the Institute
for the History of the Production of Knowledge at NYU. He served
on the Committee on Social and Ethical Impact of Advances in
Biomedicine, Institute of Medicine and as chair of the
joint NIH/DOE advisory committee on Ethical, Legal and
Social Issues in the Human Genome Project. His writing includes
Cultural Perspectives on Biological Knowledge and
Backdoor to Eugenics, a book on the social implications of
the new technologies in molecular biology.
Dr. Duster will be joined by panelists
William Soderberg, professor of philosophy at Montgomery
College, Rockville, and Joan Weiss, founding director of the
Genetic Alliance and co-director of the Human Genome Education
Model Project. Forum moderator is Dr. Mary Furgol, chair of the
department of history and political science at Montgomery
College, Rockville Campus.
The Town Meeting is the culminating event
of Community Conversations, a Montgomery College/Montgomery
County Public Schools learning community in which students in
multiple classes engage in common study of a significant theme.
For more information on the Town Meeting,
contact Professor Marcia Bronstein at 240-567-1369; e-mail