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812 | The Social Life of DNA
812 | The Social Life of DNA
Saturday, November 11 | 5 - 6 PM
Chicago Cultural Center
Claudia Cassidy Theater
77 E Randolph St | Chicago, IL | 60602
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

DNA testing isn't just for crime shows. Tracing genealogy and genetic ancestry has become increasingly popular in this country, particularly among African Americans. In her recent book The Social Life of DNA, Alondra Nelson, a sociologist at Columbia University and the President of the Social Science Research Council, explains how cutting-edge techniques are being used to grapple with the unfinished business of slavery, foster reconciliation, establish ties with ancestral homelands, and more. Hear about the mix of race, science, history, and how reckoning with the past can help chart a more just course for tomorrow.

Preorder your copy of The Social Life of DNA through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.

This program is presented in partnership with the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University.


Alondra Nelson is President of the Social Science Research Council and Professor of Sociology at Columbia University, where she served as the inaugural Dean of Social Science. Widely known for her work on the intersections of science, medicine, and social inequality, her books include The Social Life of DNA, which is a finalist for the 2017 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, which was recognized with several awards. Her essays, reviews, and commentary have appeared in The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Science, and on National Public Radio.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Social Life of DNA
  • 09-20-2016