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Genetics and Race:
Current Research and Societal Impact

Event Ideas

The following is a list of resources that may be used for chapter meetings and events. Ideas range from book clubs to movie nights and from roundtable discussions to large events.

Special Event

Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building
Genome: The Secret of How Life Works
June 6, 2003 - January 4, 2004


  • Bloodlines: Technology Hits Home

  • Gattaca

  • Race—The Power of an Illusion

  • X-Men

  • The Hulk

Suggested Speakers

  • Dr. Mildred K. Cho
    Senior Research Scholar
    Associate Director
    Center for Biomedical Ethics
    Stanford University

  • Dr. Francis S. Collins
    National Human Genome Research Institute

  • Dr. Troy Duster
    Professor, Sociology
    New York University
    Chancellor's Professor, Department of Sociology
    University of California, Berkeley

  • Dr. Joseph Graves
    Professor of Evolutionary Biology

  • Dr. Mary-Claire King
    Professor of Medicine and Genetics
    University of Washington

  • Dr. Noah Rosenberg
    Research Scientist, Program in Molecular and Computational Biology
    University of Southern California

  • Dr. J. Craig Venter
    Center for the Advancement of Genomics


Books and Publications

  • Code of Codes: Scientific and Social Issues in the Human Genome Project edited by Daniel J. Kevles

  • Ethical Challenges as We Approach the End of the Human Genome Project edited by Darryl R.J. Macer, PhD

  • Eugenics and Public Health in American History by MS Pernick

  • Human Diversity by Richard C. Lewontin

  • In the Name of Eugenics: Genetics and the Uses of Human Heredity by D.J. Kevles

  • Intelligence, Race, and Genetics: Conversations with Arthur R. Jensen by Frank Miele

  • Man's Most Dangerous Myth: The Fallacy of Race by Ashley Montagu.

  • Mapping Human History: Discovering the Past through Our Genes by Steve Olson

  • Race, Evolution, and Behavior: A Life History Perspective by J. Philippe Rushton

  • The Concept of "Race" in Natural and Social Science edited by E. Nathaniel Gates

  • The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium by Joseph L. Graves, Jr.

  • The Great Human Diasporas: The History of Diversity and Evolution by Luigi Cavalli Sforza

  • The Human Genome Project and Minority Communities: Ethical, Social, and Political Dilemmas edited by Raymond A. Zilinskas and Peter J. Balint.

  • The Legacy of Malthus: The Social Costs of the New Scientific Racism by Allan Chase

  • Why Race Matters by Michael Levin