Tuesday Keynote With Ruha Benjamin
[Listen and learn : Keynote]
Tuesday, June 28, 9:00–10:15 am
CCC Bellco Theatre
Ruha Benjamin will share her ideas on the relationship between innovation and equity, science and citizenship, and health and justice. An assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, Benjamin will challenge and empower educators and students alike to make a difference.
||Session recorded for video-on-demand, Session will be simulcast live
Ruha Benjamin is an assistant professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she specializes in the interdisciplinary study of science, medicine, biotechnology, race-ethnicity and gender, health, and biopolitics. Her driving question is, “How can we harness science and technology for greater equality?”
Her popular courses cover topics like “Race Is Socially Constructed: Now What?” and “Black to the Future: Science, Fiction and Society,” and she’s not afraid to tackle talks like “Women in Technology: Playing the Game or Hacking the System” and “Black Death … and Regeneration: An Ethnography of the Future with public audiences.” Her Black to the Future course pays particular attention to the way race functions as a social technology that produces parallel universes where people experience radically different and unequal versions of the world.
She is actively engaged in community initiatives that investigate the social impact and meaning of new biotechnologies, and she blogs about the broader questions of innovation and citizen science. She has been awarded fellowships by the American Council of Learned Societies; the Harvard Kennedy School of Government's Science, Technology and Society Program; the National Science Foundation; and the Ford Foundation.