Please join MIT Press Bookstore in welcoming George Estreich and Sara Hendren to discuss George Estreich’s book, Fables and Futures: Biotechnology, Disability, and the Stories We Tell Ourselves.
From next-generation prenatal tests, to virtual children, to the genome-editing tool CRISPR-Cas9, new biotechnologies grant us unprecedented power to predict and shape future people. That power implies a question about belonging: which people, which variations, will we welcome? How will we square new biotech advances with the real but fragile gains for people with disabilities—especially when their voices are all but absent from the conversation? In chapters that blend personal narrative and scholarship, Estreich restores disability to our narratives of technology. Examining the stories we tell ourselves, the fables already creating our futures, Estreich argues that, given biotech that can select and shape who we are, we need to imagine, as broadly as possible, what it means to belong.
George Estreich is the author of The Shape of the Eye: A Memoir. His writing has appeared in Tin House, the New York Times, Salon, and other publications. He teaches writing at Oregon State University.
Sara Hendren is Artist, Designer and Researcher in residence at Olin College of Engineering. Her recent work includes collaborative public art and social design that engages the human body, technology, and the politics of disability. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC).