A free, public lecture and discussion affiliated with the on-going group exhibition Baneful Medicine examines issues of the history and ethics around biomedical research and contemporary artists' response to them.
The bodies of minorities, the poor, criminals and military personnel have a history of being used as tissue for research. In 1946 Americans held Nazi doctors to account at the Nuremberg Doctors’ Trial and initiated modern bioethics with the mandate of “informed consent” for human research subjects. Nevertheless, the U.S. government-funded Tuskegee syphilis study continued for decades after. Now that researchers pursue genomics toward an unknown future, does bioethics have what it takes to address still different challenges? How will biotechnological developments affect society’s laws and norms? How much more conscientious are medical scientists today than they used to be?
"Medicine After the Holocaust"
Sheldon Rubenfeld ChE'66, MD, FACP, FACE
Clinical Professor of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
Executive Director, Center for Medicine After the Holocaust
Moderated by Andrew Weinstein, curator of "Baneful Medicine" and adjunct associate professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Participating artists may include:
Aziz + Cucher
Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Aurelia Moser, Allison Burtch, Adam Harvey
Arie A. Galles
Vitaly Komar and Anna Halberstadt
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