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Annual Two Icons Lecture

October 15, 2015
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM

The Susan B. Anthony Institute for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies Present the 8th Annual Two Icons Lecture:

A Portal to the Past, A Beacon for the Future:  DNA and the Politics of Racial Reconciliation

By Professor Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2009, she was on the faculty of Yale University and received its Poorvu Award for teaching excellence.

An interdisciplinary social scientist, she writes about the intersections of science and inequality. Her reviews, writing, and commentary have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Science, Boston Globe, and the Guardian. She is author of the award-winning book Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. Her edited works include Technicolor: Race, Technology and Everyday Life (with Thuy Linh Tu); and Genetics and Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History (with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee); and “Afrofuturism,” a special issue of Social Text. Her most recent book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome, will be published in January.

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