Reading Group: Race and Genetics

The Center for Creative Ecologies (CCE) will be collaborating with the Science & Justice Research Center (SJRC) graduate fellows to engage with readings around topics including: Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) genetic testing, racial justice, genetic essentialism and determinism, questions of classification by racial categories, and the ethics of having one’s genome sequenced.

There are four short readings:

Intro + Ch. 1, from Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History. 2012. Edited by Keith Wailoo, Alondra Nelson, Catherine Lee. Rutgers University Press.

David Reich, Opinion: How Genetics is Changing Our Understanding of “Race.” – The New York Times, March 23, 2018; & Reich's response a week later on March 30: Opinion: How to Talk about Race and Genomics.

How Not to Talk About Race and Genomics: Buzzfeed response co-authored by natural and social scientists, legal scholars, and public health researchers – Buzzfeed, March, 30, 2018.

Roth, W. and Ivemark, B. "Genetic Options: The Impact of Genetic Ancestry Testing on Consumers’ Racial and Ethnic Identities.” July 2018. American Journal of Sociology.

The reading group aligns with the SJRC event “No, Really, What Percentage are You?”: Genomics, Race, and Genetic Ancestry Testing which will take place on Saturday April 20th 2019 from 1:00-5:00pm at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (705 Front Street).

Friday, April 19, 2019 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm

Graduate Student Commons, Fireside lounge
420 Hagar Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95064

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