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Book presentation: Dr. Ruha Benjamin, "People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier"

Date: Monday, March 18, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM
- 01:30 PM

Location: Room 361, HSS Building

Cost: Free


Sponsor: The Health Equity Institute

Contact: Laura Mamo

Phone: (415) 405-2540

Dr. Ruha Benjamin will present on her book, "People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier," at the Health Equity Institute. Dr. Benjamin is a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy Science, Technology and Society Program and an assistant professor of sociology and African American studies at Boston University. The book examines the tension between scientific expedience and sociopolitical equity. It expands the meaning of "participatory science" beyond the default public of patient advocates to include subordinated social groups who are likewise impacted by and implicated in the life sciences. Based upon two years of multi-sited fieldwork in the California stem cell initiative, "People's Science" builds upon the framework of bioconstitutionalism, in which advances in the life sciences lead to new claims about "who we are, what we are owed, and what we are responsible for" as objects and subjects of science.


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