Mon, 8 November 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm GMT

The Genetic Lottery – Why DNA Matters for Social Equality

Kathryn Paige Harden

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A provocative and timely case for how the science of genetics can help create a more just and equal society.

In recent years, scientists like Kathryn Paige Harden have shown that DNA makes us different, in our personalities and in our health—and in ways that matter for educational and economic success in our current society.

In this livestream talk, Harden will introduce us to the latest genetic science, dismantling dangerous ideas about racial superiority and challenging us to grapple with what equality really means in a world where people are born different.

Weaving together personal stories with scientific evidence, Harden shows why our refusal to recognise the power of DNA perpetuates the myth of meritocracy, and argues that we must acknowledge the role of genetic luck if we are ever to create a fair society.

Reclaiming genetic science from the legacy of eugenics, Harden will offer a bold new vision of society where everyone thrives, regardless of how one fares in the genetic lottery.

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Kathryn Paige Harden

Professor of Psychology at University of Texas, Austin

Kathryn Paige Harden is a professor in the Department of Psychology at UT, where she leads the Developmental Behavior Genetics lab and co-directs the Texas Twin Project. Harden received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed her clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School before moving to Austin in 2009. Her research has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and the New Yorker, among others. In 2017, she was honoured with a prestigious national award from the American Psychological Association for her distinguished scientific contributions to the study of genetics and human individual differences.