Debates: Genes, Ancestry and Racial Identity

You are invited to attend the next two FREE evening events being organised by the Progress Educational Trust – in central London on Tuesday 5 April and in central Liverpool on Tuesday 10 May – as part of its project ‘GENES, ANCESTRY AND RACIAL IDENTITY: DOES IT MATTER WHERE YOUR GENES COME FROM?‘.

The first debate, ‘IS THERE A PLACE FOR RACE IN BIOLOGY?‘, will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5 April at University College London.

This debate will see DR NEIL BRADMAN (Chair of University College London‘s Centre for Genetic Anthropology), DR AARATHI PRASAD (presenter of the TV programme ‘Is It Better to Be Mixed Race?‘) and DR JIM WILSON (Managing Director and Founder of EthnoAncestry) debate what, if anything, the word ‘race’ can offer us.

Are there contexts, in biology or more broadly, in which the term ‘race’ is legitimate and useful? Or should we be seeking to put it behind us?

The second debate, ‘WILL PHARMACOGENETICS LEAD TO COLOUR-CODED MEDICINE?‘, will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 10 May at the University of Liverpool‘s Foresight Centre.

This debate will see MUNIR PIRMOHAMED (Professor of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology and NHS Chair of Pharmacogenetics at the University of Liverpool), DR RICHARD TUTTON (Senior Lecturer in Sociology at Lancaster University) and STEPHEN WILKINSON (Professor of Bioethics and Head of the Research Centre for Law, Ethics and Society at Keele University) debate the potential of pharmacogenetics. What might pharmacogenetics mean for our understanding of, and attitudes toward, race?

In the Progress Educational Trust tradition, following introductory presentations, the bulk of each debate’s running time will be devoted to soliciting questions and comments from the audience.

If you would like to attend either event or both events (please specify as appropriate), please RSVP to sstarr [at] progress.org.uk – places at each event are limited, and will be awarded on a first-come first-served basis.

The first debate, ‘IS THERE A PLACE FOR RACE IN BIOLOGY?‘, will take place at 6.30pm on Tuesday 5 April at University College London.

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