Emory Report
March 30, 2009
Volume 61, Number 25



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March 30, 2009
Advance Notice

Action-filled week for human rights

The March 30–April 3 observance of Human Rights Week at Emory will feature films and panel discussions on issues ranging from sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the labor rights of farm workers in the U.S.

Organized by the student group Human Rights Action, the theme “Fulfilling the Full Spectrum of Human Rights: Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights Today” seeks to address rights beyond the traditional U.S. conception of political and civil rights.

The week will conclude with the Human Rights Festival at Asbury Circle from 12–2 p.m. on Friday, April 3. The festival includes a global market with fair-trade crafts, world music and spoken word, and will feature Atlanta area organizations working on local and global human rights issues.

All events are free and open to the public; for the Human Rights Week schedule of event visit www.emoryhumanrights.org.

Yerkes station has spring open house
A dedication ceremony will be held for the Clinical Veterinary Medicine Administration and Research Building at the Yerkes Field Station spring open house on Saturday, April 4.

Tours of the field station, located in Lawrenceville, will be conducted from 9 to 11 a.m., with the ceremony at 10 a.m.

To attend, respond to 404-727-7732 by Monday, March 30. Indicate the names of those attending and provide a contact phone number. Children ages 1 and older are welcome to attend.

The terrain at the field station requires closed-toe shoes. Call 404-727-9050 for questions the morning of the event.

Gene therapy death to be topic
“The Death of Jesse Gelsinger: Money, Prestige, and Conflicts of Interest in Human Subjects Research” is the subject of a talk by Robin Wilson, J.D. Professor of Law Washington & Lee University School of Law.

The event will be Thursday, April 2, at 5 p.m. in the Hunter Atrium of Emory Law School.

Paul Root Wolpe, director of Emory’s Center for Ethics, will also give remarks.

The 18-year-old Gelsinger, who suffered from a metabolic disorder and had volunteered for an experiment at the University of Pennsylvania to test gene therapy for babies with a fatal form of the disease, died in the fall of 1999.

The event is co-sponsored by the Emory Health Law Society and the Center for Ethics and is free and open to the public. For more information, call 404-727-4953.