2018-2019 CCSRE Events

Please visit the College Calendar for final dates, times and locations of CCSRE events. Most events are open to the public, and most are free of charge.

Carl Zimmer - Heredity, Race & Ethnicity

4/17/2019 4:30 pm


Carl Zimmer is a journalist and adjunct professor at Yale University. His column Matter appears each week in the New York Times. He is the author of thirteen books about science, his newest of which is, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh: The Power, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity. Zimmer's writing has earned numerous awards, including the 2016 Stephen Jay Gould Prize, awarded by the Society for the Study of Evolution.

She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review; selected for Publisher’s Weekly Best Ten Books of 2018; and shortlisted for the 2018 Baillie-Gifford Prize for Nonfiction. Zimmer also created the podcast “What Is Life?” and is a familiar voice on other programs. He lives in Connecticut with his wife Grace and their children, Charlotte and Veronica. He is, to his knowledge, the only writer after whom a species of tapeworm has been named.

Evelynn M. Hammonds - Straw Men and Their Followers: Race, and Genetics in the 21st Century

4/3/2019 4:30 pm


Evelyn M. Hammonds is the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science at Harvard. She is also Professor of African and African American Studies and the Chair of the Department of the History of Science. Her research focuses on the intersections of race, gender, science and medicine. She has two books; The Nature Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics (MIT Press, 2008) and Childhood’s Deadly Scourge (Johns Hopkins University Press) and many articles. She was the first woman and African-American to be the Dean of Harvard College (2008-13).  A book signing will follow.

Dr. Mae Jemison

Fall Keynote

10/10/2018 5:30 pm

Palmer Auditorium

Dr. Mae Jemison, chemical engineer, physician, educator, entrepreneur, dancer, NASA astronaut and first African American woman in space, will deliver a keynote address to the campus community. Following Dr. Jemison’s talk, Dr. John Asher Johnson, Professor of Astronomy at Harvard University, will join Dr. Jemison for a public discussion on Science, Race and Power. A book signing will follow.

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Hollywood Cinema Panel Discussion

10/4/2018 from 4:30 to 6:00 pm

Oliva Hall, Cummings Arts Center

Panelists Kabria Baumgartner, Aria Halliday, and Delia Konzett will discuss "Hollywood Cinema: Science & the Representation of Black Girls and Women in Recent Films."

They will examine the complex representation of black girls and women and their relation to science in four recent films: Hidden Figures (2016), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017), Black Panther (2018), and A Winkle in Time (2018). The panel dialogue will also explore the recent shift in the representation of black girls and women, looking at its relation to traditional and mainstream cultures.