Reading schedule
Spring 2006

Tuesday
Reading response
Thursday
Show and tell
January 17
Introductions, course orientation
Introduce Life
http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/world/world-creating.html
January 19
Syllabus, expectations/policies, discussion leaders

Introduce Controversy
January 24
Read Ch 15 Turkle in Cyborg Babies
... to kick a robotic dog ...
Topic: Life
January 26
Read Handouts "Analyzing Issues" and "Made-to- Order Savior" and Andrews & Nelkin Body Bazaar Ch5
Topic: (How to understand) controversy
January 31 Discussion leaders: Katy and Stephanie
Read Handouts: Genesis & St. John; Judson "History of … Gene Mapping and Sequencing" from The Code of Codes
Topic: Origins; The Word and the Gene or: the Social and the Biological
February 2 Discussion leaders: Will and Brian
Read Handouts: Culture (NYT 1/19/03); Foucault "Discourse on Language"
Topic: Origins; Nature and Nurture
Due: Research topic and team composition for research paper
February 7 Discussion leaders: Chris and Kyle
Read SahlinsUse and abuse of biology

Topic: Genetics or/as Narrative
February 9 Discussion leaders: Kapy and Ken
Read Sahlins Use and abuse of biology

Topic: Genetics or/as Narrative

February 14


Read Handouts Kevles "Out of Eugenics" from The Code of Codes; Huxley excerpt from Brave New World

Topic: Genetics and its consequences
Film: GATTACA NOTE: EVENING SHOWING No class at 1:15

February 16 Discussion leaders: Janna and Andrea

Due: Research plan for research paper
February 21 Discussion leaders: Elan and Sarah

Topic: Genetics and its consequences

Read Johnson Handouts Fox Keller "Nature Nurture and the Human Genome", Schwarz Cowan "Reproductive Choice" from The Code of Codes
February 23 Discussion leaders: Kevin and Nikhil

Topic: Genetics and its consequences

Read Johnson Handouts Fox Keller "Nature Nurture and the Human Genome", Schwarz Cowan "Reproductive Choice" from The Code of Codes
February 28 Discussion leaders: Abby, Ellen, Jason, Doug

Topic: Positions on Technical Interventions in/modifications of Human Bodies; debate preparation

Read Peter Singer "Sociobiology and Ethics"; Franklin and Lock: "Intro to Remaking Life and Death" and Rapp: "Cell Life and Death; Child Life and Death"
March 2 Discussion leaders: Doug and Jason W

Topic: Technical Interventions in/modifications of Human Bodies; debate

Read Vonnegut: "Harrison Bergeron"

Due: Progress report and preliminary bibliography for research paper
March 7 Discussion leaders: Alana, Stephanie, Katie, Nicole and Jason C

Topic:
Technical Interventions in/modifications of Human Bodies
March 9

Review and preview

Due: Short, individual paper
March 14
Spring Break
March 16

Spring Break
March 21

Topic: Nature and Nurture revisited
Read: handout "Quit snivelling" from Cyborg Babies
March 23

Topic: Nature and Nurture revisited
Read: handout "Embodied Progress"
March 28

Film: Nosferatu NOTE: EVENING SHOWING 8 PM in Parsons 1264; No class at 1:15

Read Andrews and Nelkin Body Bazaar Ch 4 and handouts on blood

March 30
Discuss Vampires

Topic: The cultural meaning of blood; Vampires as cultural phenomenon
Due: Annotated bibliography for research paper

April 4
Topic: Cultural Differences
Read Handout Cyborg babies


April 6
Topic: Genes and Enterprise

Read Handout "Good Work"

Due: Research project outline
April 11

Topic: Genes and Enterprise

Read Handout Rabinow Making PCR


April 13


Overflow or presentations work-day
April 18

Student Project presentations
April 20

Student Project presentations
April 25
Final project workday
April 27
Wrap-up; evaluations


Final research paper due Friday April 28