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The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations and Reconciliation after the Genome Presented by Dr. Alondra Nelson


Friday, February 22, 2019

12 - 1:20 p.m.


Heinz College, Hamburg Hall, Room A301, 4800 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213 (map)

Watch a live streaming broadcast of this event on the Heinz College Facebook page.


Join us for a discussion with Dr. Alondra Nelson, moderated by Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, about her book, The Social Life of DNA, as she discusses genetic genealogy and its potential for addressing social issues around race, including grappling with the unfinished business of slavery, establishing ties with African ancestral homelands, and making legal claims for slavery reparations.

Alondra Nelson is president of the Social Science Research Council and professor of sociology at Columbia University. An award-winning scholar of science, medicine, and social inequality, her recent books include The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the GenomeGenetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History, and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. Alondra has contributed to national policy discussions on inequality, and about the social implications of new technologies, including artificial intelligence, big data, direct-to-consumer genetics, and human gene-editing. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Data & Society Research Institute. Alondra is chair of the American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology and is an elected member of the Sociological Research Association.