(September 24, 2004) —“The Research Revolution: Science and the Shaping of Modern Life” is a free film and discussion series sponsored by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Libraries.
The four films, which are free and open to the public, will be shown in the Weiner Library Auditorium, Metropolitan Campus, River Road, Teaneck, NJ, and Room S-1, Science Building, College at Florham, Madison, NJ. Each program includes the screening of an award-winning documentary film followed by a discussion, which will be led by an expert in the field. There are suggested reading lists available.
The series continues with “Our Genes, Our Choices: Who Gets to Know?” in which the impact and implications of the new molecular genetics are documented.
The film takes the form of a panel discussion with Arthur Miller, a professor at Harvard Law School, serving as the moderator. He asks a group of 17 distinguished panelists numerous questions concerning genetic testing, the right to privacy and the implications of the test results in all areas of one’s life.
Among the group of panelists are Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer, ABC News Correspondent Cynthia McFadden and Mark A. Rothstein, director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville. Each of the panelists serves a role in the hypothetical life of the moderator. They take on the guise of Miller’s sister, brother, old friend, lawyer, etc. The discussion that transpires addresses many of the ethical, social, legal and economic dilemmas that this new technology presents.
“Our Genes, Our Choices: Who Gets to Know?” will be shown on Sunday, October 3 at 2 p.m. on the College at Florham Campus and Wednesday, October 6 at 8 p.m. on the Metropolitan Campus.
The post-film discussion at the College at Florham will be led by Robert T. Richlan, Esq., JD/MLS, attorney, and librarian with the College at Florham Campus.
After the screening at the Weiner Library, Lois Brenneman, a clinical instructor in nursing at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Henry P. Becton School of Nursing and Allied Health, will lead the audience discussion. She earned her bachelor’s degrees at Rutgers University and Rider University as well as an advanced degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She teaches course in bioethics, primary health care and clinical pharmacology.
“The Research Revolution” viewing and discussion series is a project of National Video Resources, with major funding from The National Science Foundation. The series is organized in partnership with the American Library Association Public Program Office. For further information, call 201 692 2608 for the Metropolitan Campus and 973 443 8627 for the College at Florham.