Evolution & Race // Behavioral Genetics

with Shirley Tilghman
Thursday, December 9, 2021 • Thursday, December 16, 2021 • Friday, December 17, 2021
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. EST

Applications and nominations are closed.
Deadline: November 11.

We are constantly learning more about human evolution, and the ways our physical and behavioral traits have adapted to a shifting world. In this class, we will discuss human evolution and what it teaches us about notions of race. Then, we’ll explore the new field of behavioral genetics: what is it? Why might it be interesting and relevant to all of us, and what impact—both positive and negative—could it have on our society?

This is a three-session master class. In the first two sessions, teachers learn from the master. In the third, participants have a rare and valuable opportunity to exchange ideas with other brilliant teachers. Participants are assigned a small amount of homework to prepare for each session.

Shirley M. Tilghman was elected Princeton University’s nineteenth president on May 5, 2001, after serving on the Princeton faculty for fifteen years. Upon the completion of her term in June 2013, she returned to the faculty. During her scientific career as a mammalian developmental geneticist, she studied the way in which genes are organized in the genome and regulated during early development, and was one of the founding members of the National Advisory Council of the Human Genome Project for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Tilghman is an Officer of the Order of Canada, the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Developmental Biology, the Genetics Society of America Medal, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women in Science. She currently serves on the Science Advisory Board of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, is a director of The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard University, and is a Fellow of the Corporation of Harvard College.

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