Fall 2017 GIRI Seminar: Examining Neuroscience, Genetics and Inequality

The 2017 Fall Global Inequality Research Institute (GIRI) Seminar Examining Neuroscience, Genetics and Inequality will explore controversial and important issues related to race, genetics and inequality, how they are studied, and whether (and how) such studies should inform medical practice, criminal and other legal actions, personal identity claims, health disparities, and social policy. Should we phase out the use of racial terminology in biological sciences? If so, will the conventional terminology be replaced by new language that preserves the same ideas? And are those ideas actually incorrect? If we deem illegitimate genetic explanations for differences in group-based behaviors and outcomes, is there still a space for genetic explanations for differences in individual behaviors and outcomes? The course convenes Wednesdays 11:45 pm – 2:15 pm in Keohane 4D 201 SEM.
Course Books Include:

  • Race in a Bottle: The Story of BiDil and Racialized Medicine in a Post-Genomic Age - Jonathan Kahn (2014)
  • Medicating Race  Anne Pollock​ (2012)








Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 11:30am to 2:15pm
Keohane 4D 201 SEM
Event Contact: 
Dr. Salimah El-Amin