University of Rochester hosts a symposium based on FIXED!

2014 University of Rochester Disability Studies Cluster Symposium
“Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century” symposium
One of the biggest honors for FIXED is happening this Friday, Nov 14th. The University of Rochester’s Disability Studies Cluster has organized a day-long symposium using the film as a jumping off point. Director Regan Brashear and FIXED superstar Dr. Gregor Wolbring will be the keynote speakers, following a screening of the film.

We can’t wait to be a part of this exciting event, to meet all of the attendees and to learn about everyone’s work and how it intersects with the film in different ways!

Please join us for the University of Rochester’s first Disability Studies Cluster Symposium on November 14. Themed “Complicating Normalcy: Disability, Technology, and Society in the Twenty-First Century,” the symposium is organized around the documentary film FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement. The film explores the meaning of “disability” and “normalcy” in contemporary times through the examination of technological and pharmacological advances designed to “fix or enhance the human body” and the bioethical implications and social tensions that arise from these scientific advances.

Registration is free. Coffee, a light breakfast, and lunch will be provided.

Keynote Speakers:
Regan Brashear, producer and director of Fixed, has been working on disability, economic, racial, LGBTQ, and youth justice issues for over two decades through documentary film, theater, union organizing, community forums, and grassroots activism. Previously, Brashear served as a producer and community engagement coordinator at Open Eye Pictures, a documentary-production company in Sausalito, Calif., doing community engagement for the Academy Award-shortlisted film Under Our Skin and as co-producer for The Grove, a film about the National AIDS Memorial Grove. Both films aired on PBS stations across the country in 2011. […]

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FIXED premieres in Denmark at CHP:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival

CHP:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival is hosting 3 screenings of FIXED, including two special events structured as public debates. Find more details on these events below:

Saturday, Nov 8th, 2014 at 7pm (regular screening)
Thursday, Nov 13th at 5:15pm (first special event – debate)
Saturday, Nov 15th at 7:15pm (second special event- debate)

The first debate (11/13) is part of the festival’s 5 ‘court case’ debates. Each time two political youth parties will debate a subject on in the roles of prosecutor and defender and a jury of 3 experts. At the screening of Fixed, the experts will be a priest, a geneticist and a representative of The Danish Association of the Disabled. This debate is about ethics and will address the issues of humans playing God. Each of the festival’s 5 Megatrends have a ‘court case’ debate.
The second debate (11/15) will focus much more on the technological side of theme. For this, 4 robot scientists will be debating, who all work with the humanitarians and how humans and technology interact and melt together. The 3 scientists from ROCA (Robot Culture and Aesthetics) will set up 3 dilemmas about human/machine relations.
Where is the limit? And has there ever been one? Modern technology makes it possible to extend the body’s natural abilities and help people who have been disabled in accidents or wars. But one thing is to help, another to optimise. And right now, we are on the verge of what has been called the transhuman era, which will raise some very fundamental questions about what it means to be ‘normal’ – and being a human. Research and development is moving fast, and with it comes a whole new market based on unbridled competition. The perspectives are staggering, […]

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FIXED’s Seattle Premiere at the Varsity Theater

CSNE screens movie on human enhancement

October 9, 2014 at 9:08 PM | Eleanor Cummins

A line trailed down the Ave as students and community members waited to enter the Varsity Theatre for a screening of “Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement” Thursday night.
The film, presented by the UW’s Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering (CSNE), is about technologies with the potential to make us “better than human,” such as prosthetic feet tailored for mountain climbing.
“It’s very complicated to think about how we should enhance ourselves,” said Sara Goering, an associate professor of philosophy and a neuroethicist with CSNE. “Because we likely will.”

 Goernig described the ethics surrounding the development of an exoskeleton for individuals with disabilities. The first device of its kind was approved by the Food and Drug Administration earlier this year.
While some hailed it as a great achievement in medicine with the potential to improve the quality of life for many, Goernig’s work is focused on the potential ethical issues this device and others create. When it comes to life-altering technology like this, the question of who will be able to access these devices is tantamount. 
“Most people don’t have the basic wheelchair they need to get around,” she said. 
These issues are central to the work of CSNE, an organization whose research is focused on so-called enhancement technologies, like cochlear implants or the reanimation of limbs.
In addition to their work in the lab in developing these technologies, members of the CSNE collaborate with representatives of the UW disability community in order to understand the applications and implications of their work. 
For Joanne Woiak, a lecturer with the UW Disability Studies Program, the film’s greatest asset is the way it portrays the varying opinions of individuals in […]

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FIXED screens at UCSF for Bay Area ReelAbilities

Film Exposes Audience to Human Enhancement Concepts

By Courtney Anderson on October 23, 2014 | Email | Print

Student Disability Services Director Lisa Meeks introduces the panelists at the FIXED film screening.

A crowd of students, nurses, doctors, and medical providers packed the film screening and panel discussion of “FIXED: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement.” The event, sponsored by the UCSF Committee on Disability Issues as part of 2014 Diversity Month events, took a close look at the drive to be “better than human.”

Bruce Flynn, committee chair and director of the UCSF Risk Management and Insurance Services, welcomed participants and introduced the film, which proposed radical technological innovations and presented a myriad of perspectives ranging from prenatal screening to ability augmenting. This set the stage for a lively panel discussion.

Panelists included Ingrid Tischer, development director of Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund,Ernesto Diaz-Flores, PhD, assistant adjunct professor in the UCSF Department of Pediatrics, and Matthew Garibaldi, assistant clinical professor in the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and director of the Orthotic and Prosthetic Centers.

Moderating the discussion, Lisa Meeks, PhD, director of UCSF Student Disability Services, took questions from the group of mostly physical therapy students who were eager to hear from the panelists regarding priorities for device innovation, issues of affordability and access, as well as insights into patient expectation setting.

The film asks the audience to consider ableism as a concept and our obsession with certain abilities, as well as associated negative treatment to those who do not have those abilities. Panelist Ingrid Tischer, who has almost fifty years of experience in neuromuscular clinics, offered critical advice to both avoid the “cure” mentality and assuage the disability stigma. Thanking the group, she asserted that her most positive experiences […]

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