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Dorothy Roberts: Opening Plenary 2012

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Published on Sep 5, 2012

Dorothy Roberts, Professor of Law & Sociology, University of Pennsylvania speaks at the opening plenary for the Tarrytown Meeting 2012.

The Tarrytown Meetings bring together people who ground their concerns about new human biotechnologies and related emerging technologies in values of social justice, equality, human rights, ecological integrity and the common good. In the past two Tarrytown Meetings, we have come together to build significant connections and to challenge ourselves to push our work to new depths.

We have found that although Tarrytown Meeting participants may not be on eactly the same page at every moment, we are in the same chapter of the book. We value the tensions that we have discovered in our network, and we equally value the ongoing conversation that helps us to consider how we might work through and bridge these tensions.

To begin the third working meeting, we explored the status of our "Tarrytown story." What have we accomplished as a network to date? What lies ahead? What defines the network that the Tarrytown Meetings initiative has helped bring together? And how do we use the developing "Tarrytown story" to guide our time together over the next three days?

Plenary presenters addressed these questions, followed by table discussion about each of our "biopolitical stories."

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