1. "Globalization and Technology"
Conference, NYC, Sat-Sun February 24-25
This major conference at Hunter College features 40 speakers and
workshops. Saturday night's plenary and sessions on Sunday will address
human genetic engineering. A special session on Sunday will focus
the situation regarding human cloning and what needs to be done.
Sponsors: International Forum on Globalization, New York Open Center,
International Center for Technology Assessment, Turning Point Project,
Lapis Magazine, The Nation Institute. Schedule & logistics: <www.ifg.org>.
2. "Race, Biotech and Eugenics in the New
Global Millennium," NYC, February 25
From the session announcement: "It is our belief that the nature
of biotechnological developments demand attention from progressive
of color. Certain biotechnologies have such power to affect society
so little democratic input in their development, that their development
must be prudently slowed or stopped until such measures are in place.
Most progressive people of color will recognize the eugenic implications
of these technologies. The history of racism and eugenics in the U.S.A.
call people of color and conscience to be extremely skeptical of what
is now euphemistically called `genetic enhancements.'"
Sunday February 25, 2-4 pm, Hunter College West Room 604. (Runs concurrently
with the Globalization and Technology Conference.)
Organized by Jose Morales, PhD, Director, Public Interest Biotechnology.
Other sponsors: National Congress for Puerto Rican Rights, Black Radical
Congress (NY Metro chapter), Committee Against Anti-Asian Violence.
3. UC Berkeley Events Address Human Genetic
Manipulation, March 12 & 14
Mon March12, 4-5 pm, "Today, Genetically Modified Food. Tomorrow,
Genetically Modified Humans? The Case Against Cloning and Designing
Children." Sponsored by Department of Environmental Science Policy
Management. Speakers from the Exploratory Initiative on the New Human
Genetic Technologies. 159 Mulford Hall, UC Berkeley.
Wed March14, 3-6 pm, "Ethics, Genetic Technology, and Social
Responsibility in the 21st Century." Panelists: Charles Weiner,
Visiting Professor UC Berkeley; Paul Billings, GeneSage and Council
for Responsible Genetics; Diane Beeson, CA State University Hayward;
Marcy Darnovsky, Exploratory Initiative on the New Human Genetic
Technologies. Townsend Center for the Humanities, Geballe Room,
220 Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley.