Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Please note that Boston University will be on a Monday Class Schedule this day.

10:00-10:45 Register & Refreshments

10:45-11:00 Welcome & Introductory Remarks

11:00-12:00 “Scientific strengths and limitations of using genetics in ancestry reconstruction,” Fatimah Jackson, Professor and Director of the Institute of African-American Research, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

12:00-1:00 “‘Disparity’ in Our BioPolitical Imagination: On the relationship between racial deficits & genetic investments,” Ruha Benjamin, Assistant Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Boston University

-Keynote Lunch-

1:15-2:15 “DNA and the Historian: Rethinking Diasporic Connections,”¬†Linda Heywood & John Thornton, Professors of History and African American Studies, Boston University


2:30-3:30 “Perceived ancestry, identity politics, and personal genomics,” Megan Alicia Rogers, Penn State University & Morehouse College

3:30-4:30 “How did Race get into the Machine: The Social Context of Lung Function Testing,” Lundy Braun, Professor of Medical Science and African Studies, Brown University


5:00-6:25 Roundtable Panel with Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Harvard University Professor and Director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research

-Closing Remarks-