Rhetoric Seminar with Deirdre Egan (GWSS)

This event is part of the POROI: Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry Program: Rhetoric Seminars.
Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Obermann Center Library
111 Church St
Iowa City, IA 52240

Deirdre Egan (GWSS) presents "Biological concepts of race in the twenty-first century". Anthropologists and biologists describe human genetic variation in fundamentally the same way but disagree on the issue of whether the level of differentiation constitutes something that can be called race. Why? And why do scientists of all stripes keep finding themselves called upon to refute insupportable and potentially dangerous claims about genetically based racial differences in behavior? This paper explores some of the configurations of race in the biological sciences in the genomic age.