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Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality, and the Social Life of DNA - Alondra Nelson, Columbia University

Alondra Nelson examines the recent use of genetic ancestry testing by the descendants of nearly three hundred enslaved men and women owned by Georgetown University, whom the institution’s Jesuit stewards sold to Southern plantations in 1838 in order to secure its solvency. The case of the GU 272 will be explored as a “reconciliation project”—a social endeavor in which DNA analysis is put to the use of repairing historic injury. 

Reception (5 p.m.) and lecture (6:15 p.m.) are jointly sponsored by the departments of Africana studies and human genetics. 

Thursday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Frick Fine Arts Building, Auditorium
650 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15260