Guardian Live! ‘Who Are We? Exploring the Science of Identity’

Saturday 22nd September 2018, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @ Amnesty International UK, 25 New Inn Yard London, EC2A 3EA

Award-winning Harvard geneticist David Reich, Reith lecturer and NYU philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah, science journalist Angela Saini, and chair Adam Rutherford, scientist, broadcaster and author of The Book of Humans, will discuss how a scientific revolution that exposes the real history of our DNA offers us new – often startling – answers to a perennial question: who are we?

Recent discoveries such as Britain’s 10,000 year-old blue-eyed, dark-skinned Cheddar Man show us that studying ancient DNA can unlock the secret, surprising history of our species. As these revelations upend common ideas about what our ancestors looked like, and geneticists continue to demonstrate that “race” functions as a social rather than scientific concept, to what extent do we see our heritage, history and culture as being central to our identity today? And as nationalist political narratives reverberate around the world, what role can science communicators play in halting dangerous assumptions about how we define ourselves and others?

There will be a book signing after the event.

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