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What Would You Do? Genetic Testing and Life Decisions

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Genetic testing provides us with new, useful, yet complex information about our future health and the health of our families. How do we decide who gets tested and what we do with test results? How do we weigh family members’ feelings on testing in our own decision-making process when the results could have life-changing effects for them? Our panelists will illuminate some of the challenges of these decisions and offer suggestions for how to sort through the ethical, medical, and social considerations involved in genetic testing.

Free Street, a youth theatre company, will present, via a video, fictional scenarios of families and individuals dealing with the challenging decisions around genetic testing.

The program also features excerpts from Kartemquin Films’ forthcoming documentary In the Family – Chicago filmmaker Joanna Rudnick‘s exploration of genetic testing for hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. Audience members will respond to and discuss the theatrical scenes, the documentary film, and the panelists’ presentations in small groups.


  • Dr. Sharon Hull, Associate Professor and Interim Chair, Department of Medical Humanities, SIU School of Medicine
  • Joanna Rudnick, Director of Development, Producer, Kartemquin Films
  • Marilyn Twitty, Genetics Clinic Coordinator, Jackson County Health Department

This event is presented in partnership with the WSIU Public Broadcast Stations, SIU School of Medicine, SIUC College of Mass Communication and Media Arts, and the SIUC Department of Speech Communication.

If you need a sign interpreter, require other arrangements, to fully participate, or for more information, please contact Kay Rippelmeyer-Tippy at

Parking is located in Communications Building lots. Take Oakland south, turn left on Chautauqua, immediately into parking lots near Satellite dish.


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