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IAH Zoom Talks: Alondra Nelson
September 9, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pmFree
“Society after Pandemic” with Alondra Nelson
Scholars have long known that socioeconomic opportunity, employment sector, incarceration and detention status, housing insecurity, and educational access have everything to do with health and wellbeing. The disproportionate, life-threatening impact of the novel coronavirus on Black communities across the United States is therefore a symptom of the wider, deeper social pandemic of structural inequality. At the same time, Covid-19 has become a kind of social kaleidoscope refracting social phenomena, reassembling them in new and familiar formations—and with unfamiliar vividness. How do the social conditions exposed, exacerbated, and created by the novel coronavirus demand that we revisit and substantively rethink our ideas of society, social institutions, technology, and politics?
About Dr. Nelson:
Alondra Nelson President of the Social Science Research Council and Harold F. Linder Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, is an acclaimed researcher and author, who explores questions of science, technology, and social inequality. Nelson’s books include, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination and The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation after the Genome. She is coeditor of Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race and History (with Keith Wailoo and Catherine Lee) and Technicolor: Race, Technology, and Everyday Life (with Thuy Linh N. Tu). Nelson serves on the Board of Trustees of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Russell Sage Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the Teagle Foundation and the Data & Society Research Institute. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.
How to join via Zoom: Please RSVP via Eventbrite and a link will be emailed to you. Please note that registration will close 24 hours before the start of the talk.