Persuasion, Human Improvement, and Disability: A Talk from Fables and Futures at SGA Senate Chambers, VCU Student Commons

Thursday, 12 September, 2019


To launch STS@VCU's 2019-20 Lecture Series on Disability Studies, George Estreich (Instructor of Writing, Oregon State University) will examine how the dream of human improvement has been entwined with persuasive writing, from Francis Galton's Essays in Eugenics to the announcement of the first gene-edited babies. What values do these persuasive acts embody? Whose purposes do they serve? And whom do they obscure, dehumanize, or erase?

The literary content of these persuasive acts suggests a necessary role for writers, literary critics, and scholars of disability studies, as we seek to collectively guide the use of new and powerful biotechnologies in human beings. Event co-sponsored by VCU Transforming Accessibility Initiative (TAI) and the Department of English.

Free and open to the public.




SGA Senate Chambers, VCU Student Commons
907 Floyd Ave
Richmond, VA 23284

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Kathryn Shively

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