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Karla Holloway Talks Bioethics at W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture

Karla Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English and professor of law at Duke University, will discuss "How Private Bodies Become Public Texts (and How the Law Makes This Happen)" Wednesday, Feb. 13th, at 7 p.m. at Elkins Auditorium, Malibu.

In her latest book, Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics, Holloway explores instances where medical issues and information that would usually be seen as intimate, private matters are forced into the public sphere. As she demonstrates, the resulting social dramas often play out on the bodies of women and African Americans. Holloway also discusses the spectacle of the Terri Schiavo right-to-die case and the injustice of medical researchers' use of Henrietta Lacks's cell line without her or her family's knowledge or permission. She references Hurricane Katrina and the ethical dilemmas, especially of race, that confronted physicians, patients, and families when a hospital became a space for dying rather than healing.

Karla FC Holloway, Ph.D., M.L.S., is James B. Duke Professor of English and professor of law at Duke University. She also holds appointments in two interdisciplinary programs—Women's Studies and African and African-American Studies. Her research and teaching focus on African American cultural studies, biocultural studies, ethics, and law.

Her national and institutional board memberships include the Greenwall Foundation's Advisory Board in Bioethics and the Hastings Center—a selective organization of the nation's most influential bioethicists. She is a co-founder of Duke University's John Hope Franklin Center for International and Interdisciplinary Studies and founding co-director of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute.

Professor Holloway is the author of over forty essays and eight books including Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics (2011). Legal Fictions: Constituting Race and Composing Literature will be released later this year. She is the recipient of national awards and foundation fellowships recognizing her scholarship, most recently the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Residency Fellowship and the Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellowship at Harvard University's Du Bois Institute.

For more information about this event, visit the W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series Web site.