Past Events

Genetic Ancestry and Perceptions of Race: Impacts in Social and Medical Contexts Symposium

Keynote Speaker: Professor Dorothy Roberts
May 9, 2024 (All Day) | The Population Studies Center Library, 403 McNeil | University of Pennsylvania
3718 Locust Walk | Philadelphia, PA 19104

The symposium brings medical researchers, clinicians, health scholars, and social scientists into conversation about the way that genetic ancestry information may influence observers' perceptions of others'…

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: TO BE INVISIBLE

A Look Inside the Family Policing System
Moderated by Professor Dorothy Roberts with Director Myah Overstreet
Apr 12, 2024 at - | Jon M. Huntsman Hall Rm G65

Please join the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society (PRSS) as we host the screening of the documentary TO BE INVISIBLE, produced by journalist, filmmaker, and UC Berkeley graduate student Myah Overstreet…

Black Hospitals, White Caps: How Philadelphia’s Black Community Confronted Segregation in Healthcare

Feb 7, 2024 at - | Claire Fagin Hall, room 114

Discover the story of Mercy-Douglass Hospital, created by and for the Black community in Philadelphia. Founded in 1895, Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, and Mercy Hospital, founded in 1907, merged to form…

African American Lecture Series: Professor Ruha Benjamin

Jan 31, 2024 at | 4fl Commons, McNeil Building, 3718 Locust Walk


"Are Civil Rights Enough?"
Jan 24, 2024 at | Annenberg Center | Zellerbach Theatre3680 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
In-Person & Virtual

Professor Dorothy Roberts reflects on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Professor Marcia Chatelain. 

Unveiling the Intersections of Human Rights and Child Removal from a First Nations Perspective: Family Policing and the Ongoing impact on Sovereignty in Australia

Nov 29, 2023 at | Max Kade Center: 3401 Walnut Street, Room 329-A

This talk aims to explore the profound impact of First Nations child removal, family policing, and intergenerational trauma on the sovereignty of Indigenous communities within the Australian context.


Higginbotham Memorial Lecture featuring Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Nov 20, 2023 at | Fitts Auditorium Carey Law School

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI). He is a distinguished academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public…

Human Genomic Diversity and Medicine: Challenges and Solutions to Reduce Health Disparities

May 22, 2023 at |

On behalf of Drs. Sarah Tishkoff (PRSS Faculty Working Group member) and Marylyn Ritchie, the Center for Global Genomics & Health Equity and the Institute for Biomedical Informatics at the University of…

Until We Are Free: Racism, Child Welfare, and the Enduring Promise of Abolition

Apr 24, 2023 at | Penn Hillel Auditorium, 2nd Floor
215 S39th Street

On Monday, April 24, Alan Dettlaff, Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston will speak on racism, child welfare, and the enduring promise of abolition. PRSS Director and author of Torn Apart,…

Book Talk w/PRSS Director Dorothy Roberts: "Torn Apart"

Nov 9, 2022 at | Penn Bookstore at 3601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

On Nov. 9th at 5:00pm at the Penn Bookstore, PIK Professor & PRSS Director Dorothy Roberts will discuss her new book project: "Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families - And How Abolition…