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On August 15, Alondra joins a celebration of her teacher and mentor Troy Duster at the University of California, Berkeley Law School. Booth Auditorium, 2778 Bancroft Way. Free and open to the public. Additional details here.

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Friday, June 27, 2014
Alondra will delivered the conference keynote at Generative Justice: Value from the Bottom Up, a conference discussing the new possibilities for "generative justice" through science and technology innovations. Location: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 110 Eighth Street, Troy, NY 12180

On June 2, Alondra participated in the Annual Potential to Power Girls Symposium to unite inter-generational and multiracial voices to foster understanding, dialogue and social action on critical issues facing girls in New York City. Location: 524 West 59th Street, New York, NY Time: 8:30AM.

On May 28-30, Alondra and over 500 scholars, artists and activists talked about Freedom Dreams for the 21st century at the 50th Anniversary of Freedom Summer '64. The Social Justice Initiative at University of Illinois at Chicago hosted this three day conference in partnership with community-based organizations to facilitate inter-generational discussions to further contemporary movement building for social justice. Location: UIC Student Center West 828 South Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Tuesday, April 29, 2014
At this RAISING THE BAR event Alondra explored the reasons behind renewed interest in genetic genealogy and discussed whether we can live in a society in which people believe that science alone can confirm identity, guarantee recompense, or engender justice. Location: AYZA Wine Bar, 1 7th Avenue South, New York, NY 10014 Time: 8:30PM SOLD OUT

On April 16, 2014, Alondra lectured on the Black Panther Party's health politics at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Location: University of Illinois-Chicago 1007 West Harrison, Chicago, Illinois.

On April 7, 2014, as part of the Writing Lives Series at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Alondra joined Associate Professor Frances Negrón-Muntaner in conversation with author Junot Diaz. Location: Altschul Auditorium, Columbia University.

On March 21, 2014, Alondra delivered the keynote lecture at the Feminist Theory Workshop at Duke University: "DNA Diasporas: The Sway of Transnational Blackness after the Genome". Location: Sanford School of Public Policy, Durham, NC

Alondra participated in a discussion on, "The Social, Cultural, & Ethical Dimensions of Big Data" on March 17, 2014 hosted by the Data & Society Research Institute, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and New York University's Information Law Institute. Location: NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Sq. South, New York, NY.

The legendary Red Emma's Bookstore Coffeehouse hosted a BODY AND SOUL reading and book signing March 7, 2014. Location: Red Emma's, 30 West North Avenue, Baltimore, MD Time: 7:30PM.

On March 1, 2014, Alondra joined colleagues to pay tribute to novelist Ralph Ellison with a live reading of his novel, INVISIBLE MAN. Location: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, NY Time: 1PM.

Alondra spoke at the Health Disparities Forum, followed by a BODY AND SOUL book signing, on February 28, 2014. Location: York College, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Blvd, Jamaica, NY Time: 6PM

On February 11 & 12, 2014, as the Stafford-Ellison-Wright Scholar-in-Residence, Alondra lectured and joined a panel to discuss the futures of black leadership. Location: Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA.

Professor Nelson participated in an episode of a video series called "Dialogues in Feminism and Technology." The episode was taped at the University of Michigan. Date: January 22-23.

Alondra spoke on Social Media and the Future of African Diaspora Identity at the Bayreuth Academy of Advanced African studies on January 13, 2014. Location: University of Bayreuth, 95440 Bayreuth, Germany.

On January 9, 2014, Alondra participated in the Technoscience Salon on Genealogical Aspirations at the University of Toronto. Location: Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, Ontario Time: 4pm.

Alondra Lectured on 'A Dream Deferred': The Politics of Race After the Genome at the University of Toronto on January 8, 2014. Location: New College-Wilson Hall 40 Willcocks St, Toronto, Ontario Time: 3pm


On December 22, 2013, Alondra delivered the keynote address, "The Social Life of DNA" at the 8th Annual Feminist Theory Workshop at the Sanford School of Public Policy. Location: Duke University, Durham, NC.

Alondra spoke on the subject of "The Social Life of DNA" at the New York Institute for the Humanities on December 6, 2013. Location: Deutsches Haus, 42 Washington Mews, New York, NY Time: 12PM.

Alondra joined Shirley Tang, Jacki Rand and Koritha Mitchell in a discussion of gender, health politics and justice at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association on November 23, 2013. Location: Hilton Washington Hotel 1919 Connecticut Ave NW, District of Columbia 20009 Time: 2PM.

On November 21, 2013, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Alondra and Paul D. Miller traced the origins of current conversations around Afrofuturism on the panel, "The Shadows Took Shape". Location: The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York, NY Time: 7PM.

On November 14, 2013, Alondra lectured on the Black Panther Party’s health politics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Location: UW-Madison 8411 Social Science 500 Lincoln Dr, Madison, Wisconsin 53706 Time: 4PM

Alondra delivered the Distinguished Guest Lecture about Body and Soul at the Center for Race and Gender, University of California-Berkeley on November 6, 2013. Location: 101 Sproul Hall, Berkeley, CA. Reception at 5:30pm, lecture begins at 6:00pm. Former BPP member Ericka Huggins served as the respondent.

Alondra participated in the discussion "Imagined Futures" as part of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies' 20th Anniversary Symposium highlighting the centrality of African American Studies. Date: November 1, 2013 Location: Columbia University Faculty House, 64 Morningside Drive, New York, NY Time: 10AM.

On October 24th, Alondra will delivered the annual Dorothy Nelkin Lecture at New York University. Greenberg Lounge, NYU School of Law, 6PM. 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10003.

On October 16, 2013, Alondra drew from her book Body and Soul to lecture on issues of gender and sexuality in the Black Panther Party’s health politics. Location: Love Library, San Diego State University, 1:00-3:00PM.

In her capacity as the Director for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University, Alondra will moderated “The Balancing Act: Women, Work and Family in the US and France,” a conversation on gender and work between Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter and French Minister of Women’s Rights, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem on October 14, 2013. Location: Low Library Rotunda, Columbia University 116th Street and Broadway New York, NY. Time: 6:00-8:00PM

Alondra meet her critics! Professors Matthew Hughey and Ashley Doane discussed Body and Soul at the Association for Humanist Sociology Meeting on Saturday October 12 at 4pm. Location: Adams Room,Key Bridge Marriott, 1401 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA

On October 5, 2013 at 12PM, Alondra will deliver the keynote address at the Association of Black Women Historians meeting. Location: St. John’s Room, Hyatt Regency Jacksonville-Riverfront

Third Root’s First Just Wellness Awards honors the work of Professor Alondra Nelson of Columbia University (and author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination) and The Center for Anti-Violence Education on Sept. 28th at 7:00pm Location Irondale Ensemble Project, 85 South Oxford Street, Brooklyn, NY, United States 11217

On September 27th, Alondra joins in a discussion of Professor Guthrie Ramsey's latest book, The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop. Institute for Research in African-American Studies Conversation Series: A discussion of Guthrie Ramsey's book, The Amazing Bud Powell,and intersections of music, mental health, and art. With Guthrie Ramsey, University of Pennsylvania; Alondra Nelson, Columbia University and Kellie Jones, Columbia University. 4-6PM. For more details, please see:

bud powell Alondra will be participating in a conversation about The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop (University of California Press, 2013) and intersections of music, mental health, and art on Sept. 27th with Guthrie Ramsey, University of Pennsylvania and Kellie Jones, Columbia University. Location Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 Time: 4pm

filmfest On Sept. 26th, Alondra will discuss and sign copies of BODY AND SOUL at an event marking the start of the 5th Annual Black Panther Party Film Festival. Location: Martin Luther King, Jr. Labor Center 310 W 43rd Street New York, NY 10036 Time: 6-10

On September 12, 2013, Alondra presented at The African Diaspora: Integrating Culture, Genomics and History--A Symposium at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.

At the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association on August 11, 2013, Alondra joined Eduardo Bonilla-Silva and Steven Epstein in a conversation about Ann Morning's influential book, The Nature of Race: How Scientists Think and Teach about Human Difference.

On July 20, Alondra was at the Schomburg Center to discuss Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination on a the panel "Mythologies of Race, Science, and Health". Other panelists included Barbara Fields, Karen Fields, Samuel Roberts, and Troy Duster. This event was in conjunction with the Harlem Book Fair and CSPAN.

Alondra joined Cleo Silvers, Matthew Anderson, Robb Brundage, Toni Lewis, Johanna Fernandez & Sadiki "Bro. Shep" Olugbala for a discussion of Black Panther Party and Young Lords Party health activism at the LEFT FORUM on Sunday June 9th at 10am! Book-signing followed the panel discussion. Locatoion: Pace University, 1 Pace Plaza (Room W-511), New York, NY 10038

In a conversation entitled "Future Light", Alondra joined Daniel Alexander Jones and others to look for productive strategies in new performance/live art that draws upon principles of Afrofuturism. Date: May 9, 2013 Location: Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics, 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY.

On May 3 at 10am, Dr. Alondra Nelson presented at Texas A&M University in the workshop titled, Reconsidering Race: Cross Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approaches.
On April 22 at 5pm, Professor Nelson joined in a discussion on criminalization in the contemporary U.S. at the CUNY Graduate Center's "JustPublics@365: Resisting Criminalization" Summit. Other panelists included Liliana Segura (The Nation), Glenn E. Martin (Fortune Society), and Gabriel Sayegh (Drug Policy Alliance). Prior to the start of the panel discussion, there was a screening of "The House I Live In." A reception followed.
On April 11 at 4pm, Professor Alondra Nelson presented "African American Health Activism and the Long Civil Rights Era: The Case of the Black Panther Party" to the Department of African American Studies, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

On April 4 at 4:30pm, Dr. Alondra Nelson presented "Health Activism in the African American Community in the Late 20th Century: The Experience of the Black Panther Party" in the New Directions in African Diaspora Studies Lecture Series. This event was held by Boston College's African And African Diaspora Studies Program. 

On March 28th, Alondra delivered the Women's History Month Keynote Lecture at the University of Georgia. She will discuss the crucial role of women activists in the Black Panther Party's health politics.

Author Meets Critics at Eastern Sociological Association When: March 23, 2013 Where: Boston Park Plaza Hotel and Towers, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington St, Boston, MA

On February 28 at 5:30pm, Dr. Alondra Nelson spoke at Hunter College's 2013 Black History Month Social Justice Observance. She will particularly discussws her intersectional analysis of healthcare activism in Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination.

On February 25, 2013, Alondra presented "Henrietta Lacks in Context: African American Responses to Medical Discrimination in the 20th Century" in honor of the Department of Critical Culture, Gender and Race Studies at Washington State University.

On February 21, 2013, Alondra participated in a discussion on the past 45 years of Asian American and Ethnic studies Programs and their relevance to the present and future. Location: University of California - Santa Cruz, 1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA.

Body and Soul Discussion and Signing When: February 12, 2013 from 4:30 to 6:00pm Where: Montefiore Medical Center, 600 E. 233rd St, NY, NY 10466 Description: Professor Alondra Nelson discussed the Black Panther Party's health activism.

On February 9 at 2pm, Professor Alondra Nelson gave the keynote address for Alien Bodies: Race, Space, and Sex in the African Diaspora, a two day conference held by Emory University's African American Studies Collective. For more information visit

Body and Soul at the University of Michigan When: January 28, 2013 Where: The University of Michigan, 1029 Tisch Hall, 435 S. State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 Description: On January 28, Professor Alondra Nelson spoke about her most recent book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination in the Science, Technology, and Society Program.

On January 4, 2013 at 10:15am, Professor Alondra Nelson discussed race and technoculture at the Modern Language Association Conference with Adeline Koh, Moya Bailey and others. This event will occured in the Gardner Room of the Sheraton Boston: 39 Dalton St, Boston, MA.

On January 3, 2013 at 3:30pm, Dr. Alondra Nelson presented at the American Historical Association Meeting in the panel titled Cultural Ethics and the Medical Narrative. Panel also included Emmanuel Raymundo, Nicole Ivy, and Manuella Meyer.


CUNY Graduate Center's Gender and Sexuality Lecture Series When: December 5, 2012 Where: CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, NY, NY 10016 Description: Professor Alondra Nelson presented "The Postgenomic Family" at the CUNY Graduate Center's Gender and Sexuality Lecture Series, 12 noon.

Alondra participated in the Villa Gillet's "Le Monde, Le Mode d’Emploi" Festival in Lyon, France on December 1, at 6:30 pm.

On November 8th, Alondra spoke about BODY AND SOUL in the Cultural Studies Colloquium at George Mason University, Johnson Center, 4:30PM.

Alondra gave the 12th Annual Dorothy Nelkin Lecture on November 1st at the New York University School of Law, Greenberg Lounge, 6PM.

On October 24 at 12 noon, Alondra lectured on BODY AND SOUL at Pitzer College. Broad Performance Space. The event was preceded by a reception at 11 am. [photos]

On October 18 at 10am, Dr. Alondra Nelson discussed Genetics and the Unsettled Past: The Collision of DNA, Race, and History at the Society for Social Studies of Science Conference at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark.

On Thursday October 11, 2012 at 6PM, Alondra delivered the inaugural Gloria Thomas Memorial Inaugural Lecture at the Graduate Center, based upon her book BODY AND SOUL. This lecture is named in honor of the late Gloria Thomas, the long standing, administrative assistant of IRADAC, who died unexpectedly in 2008. The Skylight Room, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 5TH AVE, NEW YORK, NY, United States 10016-4309. [photos]

Café Columbia= Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination | Eat. Drink. Talk. On October 1, 2012, Join Professor Alondra Nelson at Picnic Cafe as she discusses her upcoming book- Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. This event is part of a series of informal conversations, led by Columbia University faculty, focused broadly on the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. 6-7pm. Picnic Cafe is on Broadway Avenue between 101st and 102nd streets (2665 Broadway Ave).

David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium When: September 19, 2012 from 1:00 to 2:00pm Where: Weill Cornell Medical College, 1300 York Ave, NY, NY 10065 Description: On September 19, 2012 at 1:00pm, Professor Alondra Nelson presents "Health Activism in the African American community in the 1960s: The Experience of the Black Panther Party" in the David Rogers Health Policy Colloquium. This event will take place at Weill Cornell Medical College in Uris Faculty Room (A-126). [photos]

Weeksville Heritage Center Emancipation Day Discussion When: July 7, 2012 11:00am Address: 1698 Bergen Street Brooklyn, NY 11213 Description: This one of a kind joyous Emancipation Day event commemorated the end of slavery in New York State and provided an alternative Independence Day, and another reason to celebrate in Brooklyn. Freedom Day: Women's Radicalism and Emancipation - a moderated discussion with leading thinkers and activists on contemporary ideas of freedom, feminism, and rebellion. Considering recent political and dialogical assaults on women's rights, they discussed issues around gender and its intersection with race in the 21st century. What defines true "freedom" throughout history and in contemporary times? How are women enacting these so-called freedoms beyond genres and borders?

On June 29, Professor Alondra Nelson discussed her new book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination, and her current research on genetics genealogy. Venue: Harrison Allen Society at the Brecht Forum~451 West St NY, NY Time= 7:30-10:30pm.

Professor Nelson will described “The Social Life of DNA” to members of the Center for Research on Ethical/Legal/Social Implications of Psychiatric, Neurologic & Behavioral Genetics seminar, Columbia University Medical Center on June 21st. 622 W. 168th Street, 10th Floor, Room 405B, New York, 3:30PM.

Alondra delivered the keynote address at the Subtle Technologies Festival in Toronto on May 27th.The Immortal Body: Inspired by the story of Henrietta Lacks, cell technologies, medical research and the body. Location: Ryerson University, LIB 72, 350 Victoria Street, Toronto. 2PM [photos]

A Body and Soul Talk and Book Signing was held on April 28, Professor Alondra Nelson discussed her new book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. Location: Third Root Community Health Center~ 380 Marlborough Rd, Brooklyn, NY 11226 7:30 to 8:30pm

An African-American. An immigrant. A white working class male? Alondra Nelson, Darryl Pinckney, Elizabeth Povinelli, and Kirk Semple gathered on Wednesday April 18th and shared their thoughts on Belonging in America. The event, was hosted for the Institute for Public Knowledge, and moderated by Harel Shapira. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

Alondra spoke at the Center for African and African American Studies at Duke University on April 11th. The title of her lecture, which was drawn from her forthcoming book was, "The Social Life of DNA: From Genetic Kinship to Racial Justice."

On March 29, Alondra participated on the panel "40 Years Later: Reflections on the Tuskegee Syphilis Study" at the 2012 NABJ Conference on Health, Health Policy, and Health Inequities. Kaiser Family Foundation, Barbara Jordan Conference Center, Washington.

On Wednesday March 28, Professor Alondra Nelson joined medical ethicist Harriet Washington for a conversation on race and health in America, moderated by Jonathan Metzl, director for the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. "Talks at the Schomburg: The Intersection of Health Care, History and Justice," Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.

Structural Competency: Professor Alondra Nelson on March 23 was in a conversation concerning New Medicines for the Institutional Inequalities that Make us Sick. Location= NYU Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY

Private Bodies, Public Texts: A Salon in Honor of Karla Holloway
On March 21 at 6:30pm,Professor Alondra Nelson and other prominent scholars joined in the second event in BCRW's newly inaugurated Salon Series and responded to Karla FC Holloway's new book, Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender, and a Cultural Bioethics. Location= Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall (3rd floor), Barnard College, New York, NY

Body and Soul: Reading and Book Signing
Join Professor Alondra Nelson on March 15 at 7pm as she discusses and signs copies of her new book release, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. Location= Eso Won Bookstore, 4331 Degnan Blvd. Los Angeles, CA.

Body and Soul: Lecture and Book Signing
Join Professor Alondra Nelson at Martin Luther King Jr./Charles Drew Medical Center as she discusses and signs for her new book, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. March 15 at noon Address and Room Details TBD.

On March 14th, Alondra will present a lecture on the “The Postgenomic Family” in the New Directions in Gender and Sexuality Studies Series in the Department of Women's Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. Royce 314, Los Angeles, CA; 4PM.

Can Science Have Progressive Goals? UCSC Science and Justice Working Group:
On March 13 at UC Santa Cruz, Professor Alondra Nelson will share some of her research on Black politics and genetic genealogy to open a discussion on whether science can have progressive ends, if there can truly be a "science for the people," and how science and justice can have paired or oppositional goals. Event starts at noon.

Professor Nelson speaks about Body and Soul at the University of California at Santa Cruz on March 12, 2012. Department of Sociology College 8, 226, Santa Cruz, CA. TIME: TBD.

On Friday March 2nd Alondra presented from her book-in-progress on the use of genetics in Black cultural politics as part of The Production of History Seminar Speaker Series. CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, Room 5409, 12:00PM. Free and open to the public.

Alondra lectured on Body and Soul at Wellesley on Thursday March 8, 2012 at 4:30PM; Wellesley College, 106 Central Street, Margaret Clapp Library Lecture Room; free and open to the public.

With Thuy Linh N. Tu, Alondra Nelson organized a panel on "Identity Narratives and Kinship Stories" for the next meeting of the Eastern Sociological Association. Other panelists include Eviatar Zerubavel and Clara E. Rodriguez. Saturday February 25 at 1:45PM; Broadway Millennium Hotel, New York City
Alondra discussed Body and Soul at the Oakton Community Library on Thursday February 23rd at 7PM. Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Place Oakton, VA 22124 [photos]

Alondra participated in events marking the celebration of African American Heritage Month at Ramapo College of New Jersey on Wednesday February 22nd, 1-3pm.

Civic Frame 10th Anniversary Documentary Film Series: The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975, Saturday February 18th, 1 p.m. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture Confirmed Panelists: Dr. Alondra Nelson, Associate Professor of Sociology, Columbia University & Author of Body and Soul & Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Ph.D., Senior Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia (the spiritual home of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.). Copies of Body and Soul will be available for sale and signing following the discussion. Free and open to the public.

“Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination” was the title of Professor Nelson’s presentation to the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania in February 15, 2012 at 12:00PM. 103 McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA.

Alondra spoke about Body and Soul at the CUNY Graduate Center on Friday February 10 at 3pm. Sociology Lounge; Room 6112; 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street, New York.
NYU Authors Panel: Come join Professor Alondra Nelson as she discussed her upcoming book at NYU's Department of Social and Cultural Analysis, Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination. Program starts at 11:30am on February 10. 20 Cooper Square, New York, NY.

On February 9, Alondra presented work from her book in progress on “the social life of DNA” at the University of Pennsylvania. Robert Wood Johnson Health & Society Scholars Program, Colonial Penn Center (Room 301), 3641 Locust Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19104. 9AM; free and open to the public.

The Department of Sociology and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Columbia University are sponsored a panel discussion about BODY and SOUL on January 25th at 6pm. Participants include Brent Staples, David Stark, Eric Klinenberg, Rebecca Jordan-Young and Dorian Warren.

On January 26th, Professor Nelson will discussed Body and Soul at the Department of Sociology at Northwestern University. 1810 Chicago Avenue, Parkes Hall, Room 222, Evanston, IL; 12:30PM.

Alondra lectured on Body and Soul at the Georgia Institute of Technology on Wednesday February 1 at 4PM. School of History, Technology and Society, Room 104, Old Civil Engineering Building, 221 Bobby Dodd Way, Atlanta, GA.

"Social Excavation: On Writing Body and Soul" was the subject on Alondra's presentation to the Urban Ethnography Workshop in the department of Sociology at Yale University. Convened by Professor Elijah Anderson, this seminar takes place on January 23rd at 11:30am; 210 Prospect Street, Room 203, New Haven, CT.
Medical Discrimination in America: On January 11th at 7pm Alondra was in conversation with Susan Reverby (Wellesley) at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. Reverby, an authority on the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study, and Nelson, whose new book chronicles the Black Panthers’ fight against medical discrimination, discuss how racially based medical theories affected the treatment of the African American community both before and after World War II. Moderated by Gabriel Sanders, Director of Public Programs. The event marks the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating theMaster Race. $10, $7 students/seniors, $5 members. [video] [photos]


She spoke about the Black Panther Party's health activism, in conversation with Lisa Diedrich of SUNY Stonybrook, in the Narrative, Health and Social Justice Seminar on December 14; Columbia University, Faculty House, 7pm.

The Bluestockings Bookstore hosted a discussion and signing of BODY and SOUL on Thursday December 8th at 7pm. New York City; 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington. [photos]
On December 6th, the Center for the Critical Analysis of Social Difference at Columbia University hosted a Publication Party in honor of BODY and SOUL + RITES OF RETURN (eds. Marianne Hirsch and Nancy K. Miller). 5-7pm at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, Room 754 Schermerhorn Extension.
On December 1st, Professor Nelson was in discussion with Professor Kellie Jones of Columbia University at Yale University Art Gallery. The event was hosted by the Department of African American Studies and will be followed by a book signing. [photos]

There was an author discussion and book signing for Body and Soul on November 17th at 7pm at Watchung Booksellers, 54 Fairfield St., Montclair, NJ. [photos]

Alondra spoke about Body and Soul at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore on Tuesday November 15th at 6:30PM in the Poe Room. The presentation was followed by a book signing. Free and open to the public. [photos]


On November 1, Alondra spoke about BODY and SOUL as part of the Future Professors Program in the Department of African and African American Studies at Fordham University; 441 E. Fordham Road, Dealy Hall, Room 641, 7:30PM. [video]

Alondra was in Nashville on November 8th to present a lecture entitled "Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination" at the Center for Medicine, Health and Society at Vanderbilt University. [video]

On October 28th Alondra presented a keynote lecture at the
“Producing Race: Technology and the African Diaspora” conference at Columbia University

On October 22nd, Alondra spoke about the Black Panther Party’s health activism on a panel about race, science and justice at the annual meeting of the American Studies Association with Catherine Bliss, Sean Greene, Harriet Washington and Nanlesta Pilgrim. Hilton Baltimore Hotel, 401 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD; 10AM. Click here for more details.

Alondra discussed “The Social Life of DNA” at the University of Southern California on Friday September 30, 2011. Department of Sociology, 3620 S. Vermont Avenue, KAP 352; 12PM

Alondra inaugurated the Transdisciplinary Seminar on Afrofuturism Lecture Series at Parsons: The New School for Design on September 20th. The series is organized by Coco Fusco and funded by the Robert Lehman Foundation. Location: 6 East 16th Street, Room D-1200; 6PM.

On September 17th, Professor Nelson was a featured speaker at Indigenous Visions: Rediscovering the World of Franz Boas, a Centennial Symposium on "The Mind of Primitive Man." Her presentation will focused on the politics and scientific research surrounding the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan.

Improvisation and Phantasmal Media: Alondra Nelson in Conversation with D. Fox Harrell on April 26th at The Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University, 301 Philosophy Hall, 7:30 PM.

On April 19th at 6:30pm Alondra took up the issue of “The Social Limits of Liberty” with Fabienne Brugère, Romain Huret, Mitchell Cohen and Patrick Savidan as part of the Season Two of the Villa Gillet’s “Walls and Bridges” Series. Like the very successful First Season, this series facilitated Franco-American dialogues between writers, scholars and artists. Location: Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University, 20 Copper Square, 5th Floor. For more information see The Villa Voice.

On April 15, 2011, Nelson joined several other scholars in a day-long conference at Brown University entitled Reading Race Today. Her panel, “Racial Science Fictions,” also included presentations by Karla Holloway of Duke, the author of the recently published Private Bodies, Public Texts: Race, Gender and a Cultural Bioethics and Madhu Dubey, a literary scholar from the University of Illinois. Reading Race Today, Brown University, 80 Brown Street, 2nd Floor, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.

On April 7th, Alondra lectured on “The Social Life of DNA” at the University of Michigan as part of the Robert Wood Johnson Scholars in Health Policy Research Program seminar series. School of Public Health Bldg. II, Rm. M3024, 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

March 28, At the Institute for Research on Women and Gender’s “Feminist Interventions” seminar, Barnard professor Rebecca Jordan-Young gave a talk entitled "Sexual Logics: Dissecting Some Links Between Bodies and Desires in Current Sexual Science." Jordan-Young is the author of the recently published, highly acclaimed book Brain Storm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Difference. Alondra provided a commentary response. Columbia University, 1200 Amsterdam Avenue, Schermerhorn Extension—Room 754, 4:10 – 6:00 PM

March 9th, Nelson presented a lecture titled “The Social Life of DNA” in the Department of Sociology at Rutgers University. Click here for more.

March 3rd, at Bates College, delivered a talk in the Race in a Post-Human World series at Bates College. Entitled "Roots Revelations: Genetic Ancestry Tracing and the YouTube Generation," this talk explored the use of genetic testing by African American youth. Click here for information.

February 26th, Nelson was in conversation, with Harriet Washington, Karla Holloway, Charmaine Royal and others, on the topic of race, gender and the body. The panel was part of “Atelier @ Duke”—a conference celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the John Hope Franklin Research Center. Click here for details. [video]

On January 26, Alondra spoke with Radio Boston about the Museum of Science exhibition, "RACE: Are We So Different?" and the issues prompted by it. Link to interview here: You Sound Different—The Science Behind Race. There's an excellent synopsis of the conversation posted on The 2011 Harriet-Elliott Lecture Series Blog.


Acts of Reparation and the Social Life of DNA, Department of Sociology Colloquium Series and African-American Studies Program, Boston University, December 3.

Race and Genomics Lecture Series: Scientists, Publics, and the Politics of Knowledge, Department of Africana Studies, Brown University, October 21.

Ground Work: Foundations of African Ancestry and the Social Life of DNA
, Biohistorical Anthropology: DNA and Bones in Cultures of Remembrance, University of Zurich, October 8.

Keynote: The Social Life of DNA, Gender, Bodies and Technology Conference, Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Virginia Tech, April 22.

The Social Life of DNA, Center for Society and Genetics, University of California, Los Angeles,
April 15

DNA Spillover: The Social Implications of Genetic Ancestry Testing
, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholars, Columbia University, March 10.

Panelist, Plenary Session on Human Genetic Diversity, Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education, Yale University, March 26.

The Social Life of DNA
, Narrative Genetics Seminar, Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University, February 25.