Civic Science Roundtable Dialogue: CRISPR (Cambridge)

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Every day, our students encounter questions and issues that required an understanding of science. While an understanding of the scientific concepts is very important, it does little to inform our students of the broader social impact and implications. It is therefore important that our students hear and deepen their understanding of diverse opinions, values, personal experiences and beliefs to best consider important consequences related to scientific advances and the choices they will need to make.

With this in mind, please join us for a discussion and an open dialogue regarding gene editing and CRISPR. Participants will first hear a short (20 minute) overview with an expert on the topic of gene editing to learn about latest evidence. We will then facilitate dialogues, where participants will share diverse opinions and perspectives regarding gene editing. The dialogue is not meant to reach a consensus on what should be done on this issue. Rather, we will provide an opportunity for participants with diverse views and backgrounds to speak openly about gene editing and to seek a better understanding of the view of others, as they thoughtfully consider how we as a society and individuals need to act.

Our goal is to introduce you to the Dialogue format and support you if you wish to incorporate this approach into your classroom. 

This event is a collaboration between Tufts University and MassBioEd and will be led by Dr. Jonathan Garlick, Professor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and Tufts School of Medicine, School of Engineering and Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. 

 The goals of this Roundtable dialogue are to: 

  1. Engage participants in well-informed, evidence-based discussions that will bring diverse values, opinions and beliefs into the conversation on gene editing.
  2. Deepen an understanding of the scientific evidence, social values and personal experience that are important in making important decisions about scientific advances.
  3. To create an environment for an exchange of ideas through inclusive dialogue that connects science to daily choices and decisions. 
  4. Provide training and support for teachers interested in including Roundtable dialogues in their classrooms.


Tuesday, December 17, 2019
8:00 am - 3:30 pm


Teacher Professional Development Workshops


300 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA

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