SIPA Dean's Seminar Series on Race and Policy: October 19, 2015

In January 2015, the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) inaugurated a Dean’s Seminar Series on Race and Policy to engage prominent authors, commentators, and academic leaders in an ongoing public seminar about race, injustice, and public policy. The Dean’s Seminar Series is a forum for thoughtful discussion and engagement by the SIPA community and, more broadly, seeks to address challenges related to race and public policy, nationally and globally. Through this series, SIPA strives to foster greater understanding of the complexities of race on public policy formulation and implementation and how to promote greater tolerance and respect among diverse communities and populations.

As part of the Seminar Series, SIPA will host Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on Monday, October 19, to speak on “Genealogy, Genetics, and Race”. Dr. Gates is a literary scholar, historian, cultural critic, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker of such films and programs as “Wonders of the African World”, “African American Lives”, “Black in Latin America”, the six-part PBS documentary series, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”, and “Finding Your Roots”, now in its second season on PBS. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by SIPA Dean, Merit E. Janow (invitation below).


Genealogy, Genetics, and Race
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
 Alphonse Fletcher University Professor
 Director, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University

Monday, October 19, 2015  |  1:00 p.m.
International Affairs Building, Room 1501


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., literary scholar, historian, cultural critic, and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, will address issues of genealogy, genetics, and race. Professor Gates has authored or co-authored 19 books and created 14 documentary films, including Wonders of the African WorldAfrican American LivesBlack in Latin America, and Finding Your Roots.

Moderated by Merit E. Janow, Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs and Professor of Professional Practice in International Economic Law and International Affairs