The Social Life of DNA: Race, Genetics and Genealogy

Tuesday, September 11, 2018 - 4:15pm


Williams Hall, Roemmele Global Commons
Africana Studies (NEH) | American Studies | Center for Ethics | Health, Medicine & Society | Humanities Center | Presidential Endowed Chair in Health | Religion Studies | Sociology & Anthropology | Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
The Social Life of DNA: Race, Genetics, and Genealogy
Professor Alondra Nelson, Columbia University
Nelson unravels the double helix of genetics and racial justice. Ancestry tracing by black Americans is very popular, using sites like and 23andme. Has it helped civil rights? Social justice? Legal claims? Yes and no.
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