These lectures address diverse topics within bioethics and the medical humanities. Speakers are MH&B faculty or special guests we've invited to present. The lectures run every Thursday from noon to 12:45pm in the Searle Seminar Room in the Lurie building, during The Graduate School's fall, winter, and spring quarters. Due to public interest, we've made these lectures open to all, inside and outside the Northwestern community. Please feel free to bring a lunch.
Adrienne Asch, PhD MS
Director of the Center for Ethics
Professor of Bioethics,
Epidemiology and Population Health, and
Family and Social Medicine
Disability Rights Without Disability Identity
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Many people who subscribe in whole or in part to a social model of disability believe that a person’s disability is, must be, perhaps should be, a core feature of one’s identity. This belief, according to some, is why some scholars and activists with disabilities criticize some mainstream approaches to disability in bioethics, such as in discussions of withdrawing or foregoing lifesaving treatment, physician aid in dying, prenatal testing, and the controversial “Ashley treatment.” In this talk I will discuss reasons why scholars and critics might object to dominant views on disability even if they do not believe that disability is, or must be, a core feature of one’s self-identity.