Can DNA Help Us Grapple with the Past?

We know DNA is a master key that unlocks medical and forensic secrets, but genetic testing is also impacting urgent social issues around race in America. DNA-based techniques are being used in a variety of ways, including to grapple with the unfinished business of slavery: to foster reconciliation, to establish ties with African ancestral homelands, to rethink and sometimes alter citizenship, and to make legal claims for slavery reparations specifically based on ancestry. Alondra Nelson joins the Aspen Institute’s Michele Norris for a conversation about DNA as a portal to the past, revealing social traumas and historical injustices that resonate today and into the future.

Festival: Aspen Ideas 2017

Watch and Listen: U.S.A.

Why do some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves... See more
A grand strategy is a framework through which a country like the United States understands its place in the world: its... See more
During this factious time in history, the founder of StoryCorps shares what he’s learned from the 400,000 participants... See more
A wide-ranging discussion of administration priorities for roads, bridges, and other complexities that challenge the... See more
The Trump Administration says it is “committed to a foreign policy focused on American interests and American national... See more
Welcome from David G. Bradley and Walter Isaacson A Conversation on the Future with Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots... See more

Pages