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Historically Speaking: Intersecting Race, DNA, And Demography

Event Details

NPR’s Michel Martin moderated a discussion with Alondra Nelson, Rick Kittles and Vence Bonham on how new findings in genetics tear down old ideas about race, grapple with ​the unfinished business of slavery, inspire meaningful conversation of reparations, establish ties with ancestral homelands and advance biomedical research. 

This program was made possible by contributions from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health and support from the National Human Genome Research Institute.


Recorded Video

Video courtesy of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC).




Michel Martin
Michel Martin
  • Weekend Host
  • All Things Considered


Vence Bonham
Vence L. Bonham Jr., J.D.
  • Acting Deputy Director
  • National Human Genome Research Institute

Panelists cont'd

Alondra Nelson
Alondra Nelson, Ph.D.
  • President
  • Social Science Research Council
Rick Kittles
Rick Kittles, Ph.D.
  • Co-founder
  • African Ancestry, Inc.

Last updated: September 10, 2020