Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania, Law School, Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology

Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race

Re-creating Race in the Genomic Age

Tuesday, April 23, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall

Open Seminar for Students, Faculty and Public

Wednesday, April 24, 10am, 8108 Social Science

The New Biopolitics of Race: Why Care?

Wednesday, April 24, 4pm, 206 Ingraham Hall

Co-sponsored by Accessing the Intersections, the Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, the Sociology Department Race and Ethnicity Brownbag, and Global Studies. These events are wheelchair accessible. For additional disability accommodations, please contact

DOROTHY ROBERTS is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, George A. Weiss University Professor, and the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at University of Pennsylvania, where she holds appointments in the Law School and Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. Professor Roberts is the author of the award-winning books Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Random House/Pantheon, 1997) and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books/Civitas, 2002), as well as co-editor of six books on constitutional law and gender. She has also published more than eighty articles and essays in books and scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review. Her latest book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, was published by the New Press in July 2011.