The Emperor's New Genes - Science, Race, Justice, and the Allure of Objectivity

In the Interests of Justice: Bringing Theory into Practice

In this talk, Ruha Benjamin discusses advances in genomic science and explores questions or racial difference, scientific objectivity, medical trustworthiness, and social justice. Drawing upon developments in Mexico, South Africa, India, and the United States, she illustrates how political and scientific claims are connected in the day to day struggle of groups' demanding rights and redress. Finally she argues for a shift in focus away from individuals' "trust" in biomedical research to the relative "trustworthiness" of institutions, as a starting point for developing science for the public good. 

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Thursday, October 27, 2016 - 12:00pm

Young Research Library
Presentation Room