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International Darwin Day

“What Does Evolutionary Biology Teach Us About Race”

​11AM – 11:20PM ISE Lab Room 315

Robin Andreasen, Associate Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science and Research Director, UD-ADVANCE

“What Does Evolutionary Biology Teach Us About Race”

Abstract: Evolutionary biology has been used to underwrite racist ideas and practices since Darwin first introduced his revolutionary idea. Today, it is commonplace to retort that there is no biological basis to race. Therefore, there is no biological basis for racism. This talk takes a somewhat different approach. I argue that, contrary to popular belief, an evolutionary conception of race does nothing to support scientific conceptions of racism. Indeed, it provides further support to the idea that everyday racial thinking, and associated racist practices, are socially constructed. Bio: Robin Andreasen is an Associate Professor of Linguistics and Cognitive Science at the University of Delaware. She earned her PhD in philosophy and specializes in philosophy of science, philosophy of social science, and in science and policy. She is a co-PI of UD’s ADVANCE-IT grant, which is a grant to improve the representation of women and faculty of color in the fields of science and engineering. A race and gender scholar, Dr. Andreasen is research director for UD ADVANCE.

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