You are invited to attend:
The Social Life of DNA
With Alondra Nelson
Thursday, June 9, 2016 from 7:00 PM
– 8:30 PM
Doors open at 6:30pm
36 W 20th St
Data & Society
New York, NY 10011
Join Genspace at Data & Society to hear Alondra Nelson, Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, discuss her most recent book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome.
We know DNA is a master key that unlocks medical and forensic secrets, but its genealogical life is both revelatory and endlessly fascinating. Tracing genealogy is now the second-most popular hobby amongst Americans, as well as the second-most visited online category. The tsunami of interest in genetic ancestry tracing from the African American community has been especially overwhelming. Alondra Nelson has studied this phenomenon deeply for over a decade. Weaving together keenly observed interactions with root-seekers, alongside historical details, she shows that genetic genealogy is a new tool for addressing old and enduring issues. In The Social Life of DNA, Nelson takes us on an unprecedented journey into how the double helix has wound its way into the heart of the most urgent contemporary social issues around race.
is Dean of Social Science and professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University, where she was formerly director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Dean Nelson is also the founding co-director of the Columbia’s campus-wide Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council. Prior to joining the Columbia faculty in 2009, she was on the faculty of Yale University and received its Poorvu Award for teaching excellence. Nelson’s research examines the intersections of science, medicine, and inequality. Her books include Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History; Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life; and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination; which was recognized with four scholarly prizes, including the Mirra Komarovsky Book Award. Her most recent book is The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome.