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How Does Race Matter? Genetics and Race

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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.


  • 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)

Attendees will have an opportunity to view the exhibit: From Dreams to Determination: The Legacy of Doctors Percy and Anna Julian from 5:00 – 6:00 pm.

This event is presented in partnership with the American Medical Association, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at the University of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago’s Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media, the DuSable Museum of African American History, The Historymakers, the National Society of Genetic Counselors, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.

Reservations required. Reservations can be made on-line, via email, or by calling 312.422.5580.

Enter the museum through the 57th Street entrance.

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580.

For parking locations near the facility, please visit Chicago Parking


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