“Not Just Fun and Games: The Social and Political Significance of 'Recreational’ Genetics'”

How does the emergence of DNA testing affect social issues around race? Since 2003, Dr. Alondra Nelson has studied the ways DNA and race intersect, and has written about her findings in the recently published book, The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome. She will give a public lecture on Wednesday, October 26, at 10 a.m. in Royal Brougham Pavilion on the Seattle Pacific University campus. Her address is part of SPU’s Day of Common Learning, when students, staff, and faculty study one topic.

The public is also invited to afternoon sessions beginning at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sessions include “Genealogical Studies on All DNA: Evolution and Faith,” “What Can You Learn from Your Genome,” and many others. The seminars are presented by SPU faculty, staff, and students.

Dr. Nelson is the dean of social science at Columbia University. She has contributed to national policy discussions regarding social implications of artificial intelligence and human gene editing.

The keynote address and seminars are open to the public. Royal Brougham Pavilion is located at 3414 3rd Avenue West across from the Seattle Pacific campus. This event is free and wheelchair accessible. To request disability accommodation, call 206- 281-2272, TTY 206-281-2224, or dss@spu.edu.

Founded in 1891, Seattle Pacific University is a premier Christian university that equips people to engage the culture and change the world. Its comprehensive academic program serves more than 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Known for both their competence and character, SPU graduates are bringing about positive change in communities around the globe. 

Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2016