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Provincializing Science: Putting race, caste and whiteness under the microscope

Apr 3, 2014
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Davis Center 417 (Frank Livak Room)

In this talk, Dr. Ruha Benjamin questions how the sociological truism, "race is a social construct," is challenged by recent advances in the life sciences. After the initial completion of the Human Genome Project, proponents of genomic science predicted the diminishment of race and the elimination of the salience of nationalism. However, genomic science draws upon and reinvigorates racial and nationalist understandings of human difference in often unexpected ways. She describes how the invention of bio-political entities such as "African DNA," "Mexican DNA," and "Indian DNA" are connected to pharmaceutical drug marketing and discusses how the life sciences reflect and resuscitate political struggles around national development and social equity. Ultimately, she encourages humanists and social scientists to engage directly with these developments instead of casting them to the side.

Registration REQUIRED.
Free for UVM Faculty
Community Members $25 per person

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Sponsored by the Center for Cultural Pluralism, College of Arts & Sciences and College of Nursing & Health Sciences.

Price: Free for UVM Faculty/$25 for Community Members

For more information, contact Center for Cultural Pluralism at 802-656-9511 or

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