THE EMPEROR'S NEW GENES: SCIENCE, RACE, JUSTICE, AND THE ALLURE OF OBJECTIVITY

THE EMPEROR'S NEW GENES: SCIENCE, RACE, JUSTICE, AND THE ALLURE OF OBJECTIVITY

When:

 Tuesday, September 13th, 5-6:30pm 

Where:

International Lounge 

Description:

In this talk, Dr. Benjamin discusses ongoing research on the way genomic science reflects, reinforces, and sometimes challenges racial and caste hierarchies. Drawing upon developments in the US, Mexico, South Africa, and India, Dr. Benjamin finds the question of what the state owes particular groups increasingly connected to scientific definitions of 'what constitutes a group' in the first place. She argues that the epistemic and normative dexterity of the field—not a strict enforcement of social hierarchy—makes it powerful, problematic and, for some, profitable. Finally, she will discuss the implications of this research for medical school pedagogy, work in the health sciences, and social justice movements more broadly.

Sponsors:

African & Afro-American Studies Department, Health: Science, Society and Policy Program 
A Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program sponsored by the Offices of the Dean of Arts and Sciences and Provost

Co-Sponsors:

Anthropology Department, International and Global Studies Program, Psychology Department, Sociology Department, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, Dean of Arts & Sciences and the Provost Office, Heller School for Social Policy and Management