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Bryant Memorial Distinguished Lecture: “The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome” @UT Health
March 19, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
The lecture will be delivered by Alondra Nelson, Ph.D., president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University. Dr. Nelson explores the intersection of science, technology, medicine and social inequality. She has authored several acclaimed books, including most recently “The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome.”
Her presentation, titled “Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality and the Social Life of DNA,” will focus on the implications of technological advancements in DNA testing. These tests are principally sought to provide genealogical information, but increasingly the results are being marshaled into a wider range of social ventures, including the politics of remembrance and reconciliation. Dr. Nelson will focus on the example the “GU 272” – nearly 300 enslaved men and women owned by Georgetown University and sold to Southern plantations in 1838 to secure the Jesuit institution’s solvency. Today, DNA analysis is being put to use to repair this historic injury.
Sponsored by the Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics and the Office for Inclusion and Diversity