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Theme: Identity

This event occurred on
December 15, 2010
7:00pm - 9:00pm CST
(UTC -6hrs)
Evanston, IL
United States

How do you define yourself? By gender? Race? What about sexuality, origin, or even income? Join us and explore how genetic and sociological research are redefining who we think we are.

McCormick Tribune Center
Northwestern University
1870 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL, 60208
United States
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Alice Dreger

Alice Dreger, PhD, is a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics in the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. For seven years, she served as chair of the board and director of medical education for the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), a non-profit policy and advocacy organization for people born with atypical sex. Dreger’s scholarship and patient advocacy have focused on the social and medical treatment of people born with norm-challenging body types, including intersex, conjoinment, dwarfism, and cleft lip. She has frequently collaborated with health care professionals on improving the care of families with children whose bodies vary from the average.

Rick Kittles

Rick Kittles, PhD, received a BS in biology from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1989 and a PhD in biological sciences from George Washington University in 1998. He then helped establish the National Human Genome Center at Howard University. Currently, Kittles is an associate professor of medicine in the Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), as well as the associate director of the UIC Cancer Center. Kittles is well known for his research of prostate cancer and health disparities among African Americans. He has also been at the forefront of the development of ancestry-informative genetic markers, and how genetic ancestry can be used to map genes for common traits and disease. His work on tracing the genetic ancestry of African Americans has brought light to many issues, new and old, which relate to race, ancestry, identity, and group membership.

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Chicago, IL, United States