Gene Editing: Life and Law Beyond the Human

Workshop Schedule

October 21 and 22 in 509 O'Brian Hall, UB North Campus

(Schedule is tentative and subject to change)

Friday, October 21, 2016

8:30am  Welcome and Introductions

               Irus Braverman, LLB, SJD, Professor; William J. Magavern Faculty Scholar, School of Law, University at Buffalo

8:45-10:30  Panel 1: Natures Imagined and Redeemed

Chair: Errol Meidinger, JD, PhD, Margaret W. Wong Professor of Law; Director, Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy

Gene Drives and Conservation
Ron Sandler, PhD, Professor, Department of Philosophy; Director, Ethics Institute, Northeastern University

The Natures of Gene Drives
Irus Braverman, LLB, SJD, Professor; William J. Magavern Faculty Scholar, School of Law, University at Buffalo

Biopolitical Secession: Political Ontologies and the Art of Making Life
Gaymon Bennett, PhD, Assistant Professor of Religion, Science, and Technology, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies, Arizona State University

Discussant: Sheila Jasanoff, PhD, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies; Director, Program on Science, Technology and Society, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University

Discussion

10:30-10:45    Coffee Break

10:45-12:30    Panel 2: Technologies of Governance

Chair: Jennifer Surtees, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry; Co-Director, Genome, Environment and Microbiome (GEM) Community of Excellence, University at Buffalo

Hubris or Humility in the Regulatory Assessment of Gene Drives?
Jennifer Kuzma, PhD, Goodnight-NCGSK Foundation Distinguished Professor; Co-Director, Genetic Engineering and Society Center, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University

Vigilante Environmentalism: How New Genomic Technologies Could Change How We Manage, Value, and Govern Ecosystems
Todd Kuiken, PhD, Senior Program Associate; Co-Director, Biology Collectives;  Science and Technology Innovation Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Laws of Containment: Control Without Limits in the New Biology
J. Benjamin Hurlbut, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Discussant: Lori Andrews, JD, Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Science, Law and Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology

Discussion

12:30-1:30  Lunch

2:00   Mitchell Lecture, Center for the Arts, UB North Campus

6:00   Workshop Dinner (for participants only)

Saturday, October 22

9:00-10:45  Panel 3: Boundaries Worked and Reworked

Chair: Gerald Koudelka, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Biological Sciences; Co-Director, Laboratory for Molecular Visualization and Assessment, University at Buffalo

A “One Health” Approach to Gene Editing in the Domestic Dog
Alexander J. Travis, VMD, PhD, Associate Professor of Reproductive Biology, Baker Institute for Animal Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University

The Inherent Fallibility of Genetic Engineering and the Dream of Human Perfection
Stuart A. Newman, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology and Anatomy, Department of Cell Biology & Anatomy, New York Medical College

Chimeric Life and the Human in Biology
Amy Hinterberger, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, University of Warwick, UK

Discussant: Kevin Esvelt, PhD, Assistant Professor, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

10:45-11:00    Coffee Break

11:00-1:00      Commentaries & General Discussion

Chair: Josephine Antsey, MA, MFA, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Media Study, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo

Stephen Hilgartner, PhD, Professor, Department of Science and Technology Studies, Cornell University

J. Benjamin Hurlbut, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University

Marc Halfon, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University at Buffalo

Paul Vanouse, MFA, Professor, Director, MFA Program, Department of Art; Program Head, Emerging Practices; Director, Coalesce Center for Biological Art, College of Arts and Sciences, University at Buffalo

James Bono, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of History and Department of Medicine; Chair, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences, History, University at Buffalo

1:00-2:00        Lunch

2:00-3:00        Contemplating Next Steps

Chairs: J. Benjamin Hurlbut and Irus Braverman

3:00pm           Adjourn