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pgEd Summer Institute: Genetics and Social Justice - Boston

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Harvard Medical School

77 Avenue Louis Pasteur

Room 350

Boston, MA 02115

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This two-day interdisciplinary workshop will explore issues of social justice and the ethical, legal and social implications of genetics. pgEd creates interactive lessons that engage students in discussions about the potential benefits and implications of knowing more about your DNA, as well as ways in which they could be impacted.

Educator Stipend: $130
Earn 13 Professional Development Points
Free parking available

High school students are among the first generation that will have unprecedented access to information about their DNA. How can we prepare students to make informed choices for themselves and for society? We will explore how genetics intersects with issues of social justice, and as genetic technologies become more widespread, how our society can ensure that education about and access to this information is available to all people.

We will explore the real-world effects on people and the choices they may face. Attendees will investigate cutting-edge, engaging content and participate in activities that model classroom lessons. Participants will receive pgEd’s curriculum and join a community of educators who value thought-provoking content and activities.

Topics include: Introduction to personal genetics, the American eugenics movement, athletics and genetics, gene editing and CRISPR, reproductive genetics, DNA and criminal justice, informed consent, curriculum integration, and strategies for facilitating personal and difficult conversations.

Content Areas: Social studies, biology, biotechnology, humanities, health, law and government teachers and administrators encouraged to attend (all content teachers welcome); grades 8 – 12, college professors welcome.

Contact: Please contact Lauren Tomaselli by email (ltomaselli@pged.med.harvard.edu) or phone (617-432-1797) with any questions.

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