Past Event

Why Should We Care About Genetics?

View this event and others in the Future Perfect series on-line or on television via the Illinois Channel.

Advances in genetics–from genetically modified foods to stem cell research to genetic testing–have sparked polarized debates. Yet, the general public is not having a robust conversation about the ethics and implications of these advances. The IHC believes humanistic questions can illuminate these issues

This program, a town hall meeting, will kick off the IHC’s year-long series, Future Perfect: Conversations on the Meaning of the Genetics Revolution. Leading authorities in genetic medicine, bioethics, social thought, and the arts will engage the audience in an exploration of the issues and the science that are affecting public and private life.

What does the genetics revolution mean to you? What are the big questions we should be thinking about given the rapid advance of genetic science? Audience members will be encouraged to express their opinions and review the opinions of others in the room by using audience response technology.


  • Rex Chisholm, Ph.D., Director, Center for Genetic Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Liz Lerman, Founding Artistic Director, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
  • Jon Miller, Ph.D., John A. Hannah Professor of Integrative Studies, Michigan State University, will moderate this panel.

This program precedes Ferocious Beauty: Genome, a new dance work by Liz Lerman, created in partnership with scientists, and performed at the MCA September 28-30.

This program is presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art and the National Society of Genetic Counselors.

Reservations required and will begin six weeks before the start of the event. Reservations can be made on-line, via email, or by calling 312.422.5580.


If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit Chicago Parking