Ethics of Biotechnology:
Viewing New Creations with Anabaptist Eyes
This conference was held November 13-15, 2003, and focused on:
- The fundamental biological basis of genetic research with its prospective promises and perils.
- The process of clarifying bioethical dilemmas through deliberation, evaluation of alternatives, and insights of others.
- Understanding the complexity of bioethical dilemmas by seeing how varied disciplines highlight different dimensions of the issues.
- Articulating foundational Christian and Anabaptist values that influence bioethical decision-making.
Thursday, November 13, 2003
Biotechnology: Genetic Modifications I
- Keynote #1: “The New Genetics: Stem Cell Research and Cloning” by Dr. John Gearhart, professor of gynecology and obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
- Case Study #1: Biomedical Issues – Dr. Thomas Huff, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology, Vice Provost, Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
Friday, November 14
Biotechnology: Genetic Modifications II
- Keynote #2: “Human Genetic Therapies & Manipulations” by Dr. Leslie G. Biesecker, senior investigator at National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, MD
- Keynote #3: “Genetically Modified Plants and Organisms” by Dr. Carole Cramer, professor of plant pathology and physiology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Biotechnology: Varied Insights I
- Keynote #4: “Anabaptist Insights on Biotechnology” by Dr. Conrad Brunk, professor of philosophy, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada
- Keynote #5: “Ethical Issues in Biotechnology” by Dr. LeRoy Walters, professor of Christian ethics, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Biotechnology: Varied Insights II
- Keynote #6: “Cultural and Justice Issues in Biotechnology” by Dr. Ruth Schwartz Cowan, professor of history and sociology of science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
- Panel Presentation: “Viewing Biotechnology through Discipline Lenses”
- History – Dr. Carl Bowman, Bridgewater, VA
- Literature – Barbra Graber, Harrisonburg, VA
- Legal/Public Policy – Dr. Laura Powers, Alexandria, VA
- Nursing – Dr. Arlene Wiens, Harrisonburg, VA
- Business/Economics – Mike Baker, Lebanon, OR
- Agriculture – Dr. Carole Cramer, Blacksburg, VA
- Case Study #2: Biotechnology Agricultural Issues – Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Dept of Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
- Drama: “Creation Chronicles” by Ted & Lee Theater Works, Harrisonburg, VA
Saturday, November 15
Clearing Vision: Anabaptist Synthesis
- Panel Presentation: “Treading through Promises and Perils: Anabaptist & Personal Reflections on Biotechnology”
- Sociology – Dr. Lawrence Ressler, Rochester, NY
- Health Care – Dr. Randy Longenecker, Bellefontaine, OH
- Agriculture – Dr. Emerson Nafziger, Urbana, IL
- Public Policy – Timothy Jost, Harrisonburg, VA
- Ethics – Dr. Graydon Snyder, Chicago, IL
- Pastoral Care – Dr. Joe Kotva, Elkart, IN
- Personal Stories: Impact of Biotechnology & Genetic Manipulation – Sharon Terry, President, Genetic Alliance Board of Directors, Washington, D.C.
- Keynote #7: “Anabaptist Eyes on Biotechnology: A Response” by Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, professor of theological ethics, Duke Divinity School, Durham, NC
- Health Care Ethics and Theology – George Stoltzfus & Joe Kotva, Convenors, Anabaptist Center for Health Care Ethics