The IHR is honored to announce Alondra Nelson as our 2018 Distinguished Lecturer. Nelson is an award-winning author, 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. Nelson is celebrated for her work exploring the intersections of science, technology, medicine, and inequality. Her most recent book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome (Beacon Press, 2016), traces how claims about ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures. She is also the author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight against Medical Discrimination(University of Minnesota Press, 2013), which argues that the Party’s understanding of health as a basic human right and its engagement with the social implications of genetics anticipated current debates about the politics of health and race. Her essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Science. Her lecture will be March 27, 2018 at 4:30 pm in the Ventana Ballroom, Memorial Union. Stay tuned for more details!
May 19, 2017