GENEVA, N.Y.-The lecture series at Hobart and William Smith Colleges devoted to the study of men and women continues with “From Bacteria to Breast Cancer: What Difference Does Feminism Make?” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 17, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Colleges' campus. A follow-up discussion will be held at 8:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 18, in the Fisher Center.
Bonnie Spanier, a molecular biologist and associate professor of women's studies at SUNY Albany, will discuss the evidence in the biological sciences of distortions that have come from societal beliefs about sex, race, and sexuality differences.
Spanier investigates how science is shaped by culture. She is a consultant on the benefits of bringing feminist insights into the natural and social sciences. Her recent book, Im/Partial Science: Gender Ideology in Molecular Biology, documents how cultural beliefs about inherent difference have skewed understanding nature at the molecular and cellular levels and inadvertently supported hereditarian views.
This event is free and open to the public.