by Rob Wilson.
Many of us have been saddened today to learn of the death of prominent disability rights scholar and activist Adrienne Asch. Some obituaries tributes have started to appear, and we will gather those we find in the coming days and add them to this one. Please feel free to add your own in the comments to this post.
Adrienne was the Edward and Robin Milstein Professor of Bioethics, and Director of the Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University in New York. She wrote on ethical issues in reproduction, death and dying, and justice for disadvantaged minorities in American society, and is perhaps best-known amongst philosophers for her powerful articulations of core arguments in the disability rights critique of the busy-as-usual practices utilizing prenatal diagnosis and testing.
Adrienne had been supportive of the What Sorts Network in its early days,
and was an early joiner in our efforts to explore the intersections between the history of eugenics and the ongoing marginalization of people with disabilities. I was honoured to have Adrienne participate in March of this year in an invited symposium that we sponsored on “Eugenics, Disability, and Technology” at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division meeting in San Francisco.
- Christian Munthe’s reflections on Adrienne’s passing: http://philosophicalcomment.blogspot.ca/2013/11/rip-adrienne-asch-bioethicist.html
- Short notice of Adrienne’s death at Feminist Philosophers: http://feministphilosophers.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/adrienne-asch-1947-2013/
- Yeshiva Press release, as it appears at Noodls: http://www.noodls.com/view/0CBA97F1D0BF84B17C9D360CE956A104F31FB5C5?7805xxx1384906567
- A vividreports post from some close to Adrienne, shortly before her death: http://vividreports.blogspot.se/2013/11/vigils.html
- Adrienne’s homepage at Yeshiva University : http://www.yu.edu/wurzweiler/faculty/asch/ this includes a link to her publications and her CV
- a list of her projects: http://socialdifference.columbia.edu/projects
- a video clip of Adrienne speaking on “symbolic harms” at the 2010 Tarrytown meetings: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eNq_25Tk5Y
- a blog post I wrote centred around a video clip in which there is an interesting exchange on the “ethics of exclusion” between Adrienne and Jeff McMahan at the Cognitive Disability and its Challenge to Moral Philosophy Conference in 2008: http://whatsortsofpeople.wordpress.com/2008/12/26/the-ethics-of-exclusion-the-morality-of-abortion-and-animals/