Matthew Rockman, Biology
Dr. Rockman studies how and why individuals differ from one another, questions with long-fraught histories in his research fields of evolutionary biology and genetics. These disciplines have struggled with genetic determinism, population essentialism, and teleological explanation, all of which contribute to a dark history of eugenics and racism. Rockman discusses how these problems arise from flawed but entrenched disciplinary metaphors, and he outlines efforts to reform our evolution and genetics curricula to avoid harmful misconceptions.
- 4:00 - 5:30: Presentation and speaker question and answer, on Zoom
- 5:30 - 6:00: Optional debriefing and discussion