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Race: A Fatal Invention? A conversation with Dorothy Roberts

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Join us for a conversation with leading scholar and critic Dorothy Roberts about the revival of a dubious and dangerous science race. In her new book Fatal Invention: How Science, and Big Business Re-create Race in the 21st Century, she makes the case that cutting-edge genomic science and biotechnologies are once again justifying an archaic belief in race that promotes inequality and undermines a just society in the twenty-first century. Alison Cuddy, the host of WBEZ’s Eight Forty-Eight, will lead a lively conversation with Roberts about race, science, and justice in the twenty-first century.

More about our guest speaker

Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. She is the author of the award-winning Killing the BLack Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty; Shattered Bons: The Color of Child Welfare; and more than seventy articles and essays in books and scholarly journals and is the co-editor of six books on gender and constitutional law. She serves as a chair of the board of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative. Roberts lives in Evanston, Illinois. 

Alison Cuddy is the host  of WBEZ’s award-winning weekday news magazine Eight Forty-Eight.  Prior to becoming the full-time host of the program, Alison served as the senior producer of Chicago Matters, the year-long series examining various topics of broad interest to the region.

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