Webinar: Talking Biopolitics with Alondra Nelson and Jenny Reardon on Racial and Genetic Justice

23 Jan 2018
10:00 am - 11:00 am


Event Type
Non-CSTMS Event

Alondra Nelson
Professor of Sociology, Columbia University

Jenny Reardon
Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

On January 23rd, Alondra Nelson and Jenny Reardon, both authors of recent books about genomics and social justice, will engage in conversation about their work. They’ll explore how institutions are responding to histories of racism in which genetics plays a role; the problems of knowledge that living in a genome-oriented world present; and how we can develop new understandings of racism, morality, and genetic justice.

This live webinar is part of Talking Biopolitics 2018, a continuing series by the Center for Genetics and Society, where cutting-edge thinkers talk about the social meanings of human biotechnologies. For updates and background materials, check out the Facebook event page and join the conversation on Twitter using #TalkingBiopolitics.

More information can be found on the Center for Genetics and Society website.

Reserve your spot now, by registering. Closed captioning will be provided.

Alondra Nelson is Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies at Columbia University, where she has served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science and Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. She is president of the Social Science Research Council and chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology. Nelson’s 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.

Jenny Reardon is Professor of Sociology and the Founding Director of the Science and Justice Research Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Reardon’s most recent book, The Postgenomic Condition: Ethics, Justice & Knowledge After the Genome (Chicago University Press, Fall 2017), critically examines the decade after the Human Genome Project and the fundamental questions about meaning, value and justice this landmark achievement left in its wake.

This event is sponsored by: Center for Genetics and Society

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