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Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality and the Social Life of DNA

Alondra Nelson from Columbia University 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. As part of the Race, Science, and Technology in the Global African World Lecture Series, 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 (5-6 p.m.) and lecture (6- 8 p.m.) are jointly sponsored by the  Dietrich School’s Department of Africana Studie and Pitt Public Health's Human Genetics and the Center for Bioethics and Health Law. 

Thursday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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