Book Discussion: Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Recreate Race in the Twenty-First Century

July 22, 2011 // 11:30am1:30pm
Fatal Invention

Just over a decade ago, the Human Genome Project decisively proved that there is no genetic basis for racial classifications. Yet with the emergence of new reproductive technologies, genetic ancestry testing, and race-specific drugs, the second decade of the twenty-first century is seeing a resurgence of scientifically justified racial discrimination. In her new book, legal scholar Dorothy Roberts argues that for the first time in decades science, politics, and race are working hand-in-hand, with the result that America has not, in fact, become the “post-racial society” that so many envision. Join Roberts, along with Vanessa Gamble (University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of History, George Washington University) and Paul Butler (Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School) for a stimulating discussion of this alarming new trend.

Event Speakers List: 
  • Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law
  • Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School
  • University Professor of Medical Humanities and Professor of Health Policy and American Studies, George Washington University
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