Who Are We? What Can Genetics Tell Us About Identity?


WHEN February 19, 2019
6:30-8 PM WHERE NYUAD Campus, Conference Center WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute Open to the Public

What can the mapping of the human genome tell us about who we are? The twentieth century ended with the consensus in the social sciences and humanities that our group identities are constructed through social interaction rather than biologically determined. Does the mapping of the human genome in the twenty-first century challenge that consensus? This panel discussion brings together leading public intellectuals to discuss this question.

  • Anthony Appiah, Professor of Philosophy and Law, NYU; Author of "The Lies That Bind: Rethinking Identity" (Profile, 2018)
  • Jonathan Marks, Professor of Biological Anthropology, University of North Carolina Charlotte; Author of "Is Science Racist?" (Polity Press, 2017)
Moderated by
  • Ann Morning, Associate Professor of Sociology, NYU; Author of "The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference" (University of California Press, 2011)
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

In Collaboration with

Division of Social Sciences and Division of Science

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