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Gene Editing &
Human Flourishing

 A summer bioethics workshop for secondary school teachers


During the summer of 2018, The Hastings Center will host its inaugural summer bioethics workshop for secondary school science teachers. Our program will prepare teachers to incorporate bioethics instruction into their classrooms by focusing on the social and ethical issues raised by CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and other breakthrough genetic technologies. In particular, we will explore the issues raised by the prospect of being able to modify the human germline—eggs, sperm, and embryo—in permanent, heritable ways.

The three-day program will begin with a dinner on Tuesday, July 31st, 2018, and conclude the afternoon of Friday, August 3rd. The workshop’s faculty will include world-class scientists, nationally recognized bioethics educators, seasoned high school science teachers, and prominent bioethics scholars. Those teachers selected to attend will receive an honorarium and, if traveling from outside the immediate Hudson Valley area, have their travel and lodging covered by the Hastings Center.

We are seeking high school science teachers with a passion for enabling their students to think critically about ethical issues raised within the life sciences. Prior experience is not necessary, but commitment to facilitating bioethical inquiry is.  Applications are due on January 3, 2018, and we request one letter of recommendation from a principal or department chair, sent to

Participants will:

  • Sharpen their ability to identify ethical questions
  • Learn about the history and science of human genetic modification
  • Develop pedagogical skills for facilitating highly participatory ethics discussions
  • Receive ready strategies and materials to bring back to the classroom
  • Network and dialogue with peers and experts

This program is made possible with generous funding from the John Templeton Foundation.

Interested in sharing this opportunity with your colleagues? Download a flier here.