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Ethics Week - Chris Hook:The History of American Eugenics - Lessons for the Second Genetic Century

Alliance Defending Freedom

Date: Oct. 02, 2013

Location: Athens, Ohio

Doing the Right Thing Week: A University Exploration of Ethics

Sept. 30 - Oct. 4

Day #3 (Oct. 2) - Dr. Chris Hook - Ohio University

Panel: "Can we Safely and Successfully Re-Engineer Humanity?" - 12 Noon to 1:30 pm in Athena Theater on Court Street, Room 212

Dr. Chris Hook (Mayo Medical School), Scott Carson (Professor of Philosophy, Ohio University), and Scott Robe (Attorney, Athens, Ohio) will participate in a panel discussion at noon. They will tackle the weighty topics of genetics, engineering of the human genome, and the bio-ethical implacations.

Tim Sharp, News Director of WOUB, will serve as the facilitator

Lecture: "The History of American Eugenics - Lessons for the Second Genetic Century" - 8:00 pm in Baker University Center, Ballroom A

The end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries saw an explosion of interest in genetics, and a widespread belief that the human future could be improved by the techniques of eugenics.  This belief impacted all aspects of American society, including politics (a major component of the Progressive agenda), science, education, medicine, media, immigration policy, law and mainstream religion.  The American experiment in eugenics spilled over to other nations, including serving as the inspiration for some of the eugenic laws of National Socialist Germany.  Thousands of Americans were forcibly sterilized because of the genetic peril they posed to society and humankind.  After World War II, "eugenics" was a name to be forgotten, replaced by the seemingly more neutral term, genetics.  Yet, eugenic thinking is still very much alive, and supported by a surprising number of prominent bioethicists today, requiring us to once again wrestle with the worldview presuppositions of our ethics, science, technology, concepts of justice, medicine, politics, religion, and human rights.  Christopher Hook, M.D. of the Mayo Clinic, and researcher in the field of medical ethics, will review the history of American eugenics, and raise questions we should be asking as we enter into the second genetic century. Join us for this academic lecture and Q & A. 

Both events will also be available live as an online video stream to indivduals and groups around the world.

"Ethics Week 2013" is a nation wide university initiative to focus on a discussion of the foundation of morality, how do we determine what is right and wrong, and what it means to live ethically. These are questions that every college student, indeed every person on the planet, must grapple with as the answers affect government, society, our families, and ourselves. 

5 Universities, 5 Nights, 5 Big Questions

  • MONDAY Sept. 30 (6:30pm EDT) | Georgia Tech | Truth, Justice, and the Restoration of Reason | Dr. Michael Miller (Acton Institute)
  • TUESDAY Oct. 1 (8pm EDT | Rutgers University | Sexuality & Marriage:  What's Ethics Got to do With It?" | Kellie Fiedorek (Alliance Defending Freedom) & Ryan T. Anderson (Heritage Foundation)
  • WEDNESDAY Oct. 2 (8pm EDT) | Ohio University | The History of American Eugenics  -  Lessons for the Second Genetic Century  | Dr. Chris Hook (Mayo Clinic)
    • Plus panel discussion: Can we safely and successfully re-engineer humanity? (noon - 1:30 EDT) | Chris Hook, Scott Carson, Scott Robe
  • THURSDAY Oct. 3 (8pm EDT) | Texas A&M | Does Natural Law Require a Moral Law Giver? | Dr. Francis Beckwith (Baylor University)
  • FRIDAY Oct. 4 (7pm EDT) | UC Irvine | Doing the Right Thing at the Beginning of Life | Dr. Scott Rae (Biola University)

This national series and dialogue is being sponsored by Ratio Christi, The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, and the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). 

In conjunction with Doing the Right Thing Week the ADF is sponsoring FREE2DISAGREE, a campaign for free speech on campus. As a student at a public college or university, do you have the opportunity to express your beliefs or viewpoint? What if the prevailing sentiment on campus is against you? Would you be free to disagree with your peers? Your professors? Doing the Right Thing Week will challenge what you think--in a good way. Free2Disagree will challenge you to speak up. Agree or disagree, robust discussion is worth the effort. And if you ever find yourself unfairly censored or punished for expressing your views on campus, check out

Be free. Free to Disagree.

Simulcast: Each of the five evenings of Ethics Week events will be available live by online video stream. The simulcast can be watched by an individual, a small group, or a large gathering. You, your church, youth group, university group, or other gathering can watch for one day, multiple days, or all five days for the same price . . . free. Details here.

We hope you can join us.

Additional Details

Panel: Noon - 1:30 pm; Lecture: 8 - 9:30 pm
Location Name:
Ohio University
Evening Main Event in Baker University Center, Ballroom A; Noon Panel Discussion in Athena Theater on Court Street, Room 212
Admission Details:
Free Admission. Online live stream also available.

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Additional Links
Facebook Event
Ethics Week Website
Live online stream registration
The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
Ratio Christi
Alliance Defending Freedom's 'Speak Up Movement'
RC Ohio University Facebook Page
Related Organizations
Alliance Defending Freedom
Colson Center
Ratio Christi

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