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Who Are You? Genetics and Identity

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Identity is shaped by a myriad of factors. To what extent does knowledge about our genetic makeup affect our perceptions of ourselves and others? Can new information from genetic testing challenge long-held notions related to race, gender, sexual orientation, personality, or ethnic identity? How might genetic testing be used to include or exclude people from certain groups?


  • Timothy F. Murphy, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy in the Biomedical Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago; Author of the book, Gay Science: The Ethics of Sexual Orientation Research
  • Sloan Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Anthropology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Laura Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professor, DePaul University Humanities Center, Contributing columnist, Chicago Sun-Times (moderator)

This event is presented in partnership with the American Medical Association, the Center on Halsted, Columbia College Chicago’s Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Art and Media, and the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies.

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