The McMaster Centre for Scholarship in the Public Interest is proud to be partnering with the Bourns Lectureship in Bioethics this March to bring Dorothy Roberts to McMaster University to give a lecture titled “Fatal Invention: The New Biopolitics of Race.” Roberts, who is George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, will be talking about how the myth of the biological concept of race – revived by purportedly cutting-edge science, race-specific drugs, genetic testing, and DNA databases – continues to undermine a just society and promote inequality in a supposedly “post-racial” era.
The lecture will take place on March 12, 2014 from 1:00-3:00pm in Convocation Hall at McMaster University. Admission is free, refreshments will be served, and all are welcome. For more information, please see our event page or our event poster or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Last summer, MCSPI ran an interdisciplinary Summer Institute that invited undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in youth-related research to work collaboratively with major researchers and public intellectuals to generate new scholarship and innovative modes of public communication related to the research theme of “the war on youth.” Students explored how young people around the globe in the twenty-ﬁrst century are growing up in circumstances characterized by a range of precarious conditions that include ecological catastrophes, increasing levels of poverty and debt, the rise of a youth punishment and incarceration mentality, expanding commercial media and advertising networks, widening social inequalities, and under resourced health care and education systems, conditions that are especially dire for youth whose contexts are informed and shaped in different ways by geographic location, wealth, class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and (dis)ability.
In completing the Institute, our students wrote research papers on diverse topics related to the subject of the war on youth. We are now excited to make their papers publicly available on our website here.
During MCSPI’s 2013 summer institute Dr. David Theo Goldberg, Director of the University of California Humanities Research Institute and Professor at UC Irvine, gave a fabulous lecture titled “Neoliberalizing Race” on youth subjection to and subjectification in terms of violence as a consequence of racial positioning. You can watch this talk here.