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Writers LIVE: Alondra Nelson, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome

DNA has been a master key unlocking medical and forensic secrets, but its genealogical life has also been notable. Genealogy is the second most popular hobby in the U.S., and the outpouring of interest in it from the African American community has been remarkable.

After studying this phenomenon for more than a decade, Alondra Nelson realized that genetic testing is being used to grapple with the unfinished business of slavery. It is being used for reconciliation, to establish ties with African ancestral homelands, to rethink citizenship, and to make unprecedented legal claims for slavery reparations based on genetic ancestry. Arguing that DNA offers a new tool for enduring issues, Nelson shows that the social life of DNA is affecting and transforming 21st century racial politics.

Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University, where she has served as director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality.  She is the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 6:30pm

Central Library, Poe Room
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Black History

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category

Writers LIVE at the Library

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