Current Events

Friday, February 17, 2017
STS Student Lunch Series

Crane Room, Paige Hall | 12pm
This semester's STS student lunches are hosted by CoSA, the Collective of STEM Activistst
Are you curious about how society is shaped by science and technology? Come to CoSA’s first event to explore how technology affects our politics and culture. We hope to provide a welcoming space for people in STEM to critically look at the fields we work in. CoSA is a project to unite students through conversation, education, and action.
All are welcome! Lunch will be provided. Sponsors: STS, CoSA

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Life Changing Bacon: Transgression as Desire in Contemporary American Taste

CHAT seminar room, 48 Professors Row | 5pm
Speaker: Brad Weiss (The College of William and Mary)
Anthropologist Brad Weiss discusses his book "Real Pigs: Shifting Values in the Field of Local Pork" (2016, Duke University Press) about the politics of pigs and pork production in the North Carolina Piedmont
Sponsors: Anthropology, Environmental Studies, Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life, STS

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
From One Drop to One Percent: The Impact of DNA Ancestry Tests on the Worldview of White Supremacists

Alumnae Lounge | 4:30pm
Speaker: Joan Donovan (UCLA)
Abstract: Advances in population genetics and the direct-to-consumer marketing of DNA ancestry tests are challenging how groups fashion and maintain their identities. Most commonly, researchers focus on how Native Americans and African Americans’ identities are co-constructed through these new scientific narratives of history and human evolution. Until now though, few have looked at how white people use these tests to generate a sense of belonging to a group. As well, no one has taken on this controversial question: How do white supremacists understand and mobilize around this new genetic science?
Sponsors: STS, Anthropology, Center for Study of Race and Democracy, WGSS

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