Ruha Benjamin

Viral Justice: Pandemics, Police Violence & Public Bioethics

Virtual & In-person Lecture | March 9th, 2023 | 6:00pm

Ruha Benjamin is Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just DataLab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code, among many other publications. Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power. Ruha earned a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Spelman College, MA, and Ph.D. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and completed postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA’sInstitute for Society & Genetics and Harvard’s Science, Technology & Society Program. She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation 2020 Freedom Scholar Award, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. Live stream here.

Sponsored by the Colby Colleges’ Public Humanistic Inquiry Lab with co-sponsorship from the African-American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, the Center for the Arts and Humanities, Davis Institute for Artificial Intelligence, Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs, Science, Technology, and Society, Sociology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

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