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Reading Group 2: The Social Life of DNA by Alondra Nelson

February 20 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

In preparation for the Institute for Humanities Research’s 2018 Distinguished Lecturer, Alondra Nelson, the IHR is hosting a reading/discussion group in three parts. The reading groups will read and discuss selected pieces from her public writing and from her book The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome. These meetings are free and open to the public.

Please RSVP for each individual meeting, as reading materials will be provided based on your RSVP.

February 20th will be the second meeting of the reading group. The group will be discussing excerpts of The Social Life of DNA. We are honored to have Annika Mann (Assistant Professor of English, School of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies) and Jennifer Brian (Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, the Honors College and affiliate faculty of the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes) leading the discussion.

Light refreshments will be served.

About Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson is the President of the Social Science Research Council, an award-winning author, Professor of Sociology, and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Nelson is celebrated for her work exploring the intersections of science, technology, medicine, and inequality. Her most recent book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome(Beacon Press, 2016), traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures. She is also the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination( University of Minnesota Press, 2013), which argues that the Party’s understanding of health as a basic human right and its engagement with the social implications of genetics anticipated current debates about the politics of health and race. Her essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Science.

To learn more about Dr. Nelson’s lecture in March, click here.

Other reading group meetings:

January 31st, 2018 | 12-1:30pm
Kathy Nakagawa, Associate Professor, Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social Transformation
Karen Leong, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, Asian Pacific American Studies, School of Social Transformation

March 22nd, 2018 | 12-1:30pm
Ed Finn, Director of the Center for Science and the Imagination, Assistant Professor, Department of English
Michael Bennett, Associate Research Professor the Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes


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