Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination

Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 - Wednesday, Nov 06, 2013 | 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Field Annex D-37 Save

Save the date for the Fall 2013 Center for Race Gender Distinguished Guest Lecture

Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination
Prof. Alondra Nelson, Columbia University

Wednesday, November 6th
Multicultural Community Center, Hearst Field Annex D-37
5:30 pm – Reception
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Lecture Discussion

Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and gender studies at Columbia University. An interdisciplinary social scientist, she writes about the intersections of science, technology, medicine and inequality. These themes are taken up in her most recent book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, winner of four professional prizes, including the Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Book Award from the Race, Class and Gender section of the American Sociological Association.

In Body and Soul, Nelson recovers a lesser-known aspect of The Black Panther Party’s broader struggle for social justice: health care. Nelson argues that the Party’s focus on health care was practical and ideological and that their understanding of health as a basic human right anticipated current debates about the politics of race and medicine.

She is also an editor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race,and History, Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life, and “Afrofuturism,” a special issue of Social Text.

Her next book, The Social Life of DNA: Race and Reconciliation after the Genome, is forthcoming from Beacon Press. Drawing on interviews and fieldwork, this book traces how claims about heritage and ancestry are marshaled together with genetic analysis in a range of social ventures, including kin-keeping, reparations politics, citizenship projects, and public commemoration.

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