Fourth Annual Anderson Lecture in Science & Religion: Race, Genetics, and Identity: A Christian Exploration


Charmaine Royal 


Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 7:00 p.m.


St. Paul Student Center Theater



What do we mean when we talk about race? In this lecture, Dr. Royal will explore what genetics and social science tell us about race and racial difference. In doing so, she’ll discuss how her Christian faith motivates and informs the study of racial and ethnic difference and the aims of reconciliation.


There will be a light reception hosted at the Anselm House Study Center immediately following the lecture.


About Our Speaker

Dr. Charmaine DM Royal is Associate Professor in the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. As a genetics and bioethics expert, her work focuses on ethical and social implications of genetics and genomics, particularly the intersection of “race” and genetics, its policy implications, and potential interventions. Dr. Royal’s primary research areas include genetic ancestry inference, public and professional conceptions and uses of race, and gene-environment interactions. She is director of the Duke Center on Genomics, Race, Identity, Difference (GRID) that aims to influence and transform the conduct of scientific and scholarly research, the practice of medicine, and the wellbeing of individuals, communities, and societies.