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Alondra speaking at a conference on “The Social, Cultural, & Ethical Dimensions of ‘Big Data,’“ sponsored by the Data & Society Research Institute, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and NYU’s Information Law Institute


Between its founding in 1966 and its formal end in 1980, the Black Panther Party blazed a distinctive trail in American political culture. The Black Panthers are most often remembered for their revolutionary rhetoric and militant action. Here Alondra Nelson deftly recovers an indispensable but lesser-known aspect of the organization’s broader struggle for social justice: health care.

Genetics and the Unsettled Past considers the alignment of genetic science with commercial genealogy, with legal and forensic developments,
and with pharmaceutical innovation to examine how these trends lend renewed authority to biological understandings of race and history.