How Does Race Matter? Genetics and Race (5/21)

How Does Race Matter? Genetics and Race
Wednesday, May 23, 6-8pm

The DuSable Museum of African American History,
Illinois Black Legislators Auditorium,
740 E 56th Pl,
Chicago, Illinois 60637-1408
Enter the museum through the 57th Street entrance.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Pre-Registration is required.

Reservations can be made
on-line, via e-mail, or by calling 312.422.5580

New research that aims to identify shared genetic markers challenges some traditional concepts of race and ethnicity, and may reinforce others. Other research raises questions about genetics and health disparities among different population groups. Do the results of this research reduce people to a set of genetic traits, perpetuate old forms of discrimination, and put certain populations at risk for further oppression? How do we ensure that racial and ethnic groups maintain self-definition and self-control as genetic science advances? Join us for a discussion about the sociological ramifications of genetic testing as it relates to race and ethnicity.

Panelists Include:

Troy Duster
Ph.D. Professor of Sociology at New York University;
Director of the Institute for the History of the Production of Knowledge;
Author, Backdoor to Eugenics

Michele Goodwin, JD, LLM

Wicklander Chair and Director, Health Law Institute;
Director, Center for the Study of Race and Bioethics, DePaul University

Blase N. Polite, M.D.

Instructor, Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology, The University of Chicago

Harry Porterfield

Feature News Reporter, ABC 7 News (moderator)