The Diversity Problem in Science – September 19

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In an atmosphere where no science background is needed and all questions are welcome, explore the intersection of science, history and society. 

The Negro Scientist: W.E.B. Dubois and the Diversity Problem in Science

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Speakeasy   526 North Second St. Richmond, VA 23219
Room for 100 curious minds — Seating on a first-come basis
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5:45  Doors Open
7:00  20-minute talk by Dr. Hammonds, followed by 40″ Q&A Open Discussion

Why is it we know so little about the lived experiences of scientists of color and their responses to the claims made about them in the name of science?  Dr. Hammonds will use W. E. B. DuBois’ 1939 essay, “The Negro Scientist,” to address the question of the persistent under-representation of native-born U.S. African –Americans, Native Americans and Latino Americans in the U.S. scientific and technical workforce from the early 20th century to the present.  She will further explore related questions such as:  why has the inclusion of African Americans into scientific and engineering communities in the US been so difficult?  What is it about the way scientists are educated in the US that has led to the systematic under- representation and under-utilization of African Americans  in scientific and technical fields?  Why is it we know so little about the lived experiences of scientists of color and their responses to the claims made about them in the name of science?

Evelynn M. Hammonds, PhD is the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies, and Chair of the Department of the History of Science at Harvard UniversityThe intersections of race, gender, science and medicine are prominent research topics across her published works. Hammonds received degrees in engineering and physics. Before getting her PhD, in the History of Science at Harvard, she was a computer programmer. Hammonds served as dean, the first African-American and the first woman to head the College, for five years prior to returning to full-time teaching  in 2013. Click here for her full biography.

Program presented in partnership with VCU’s Science, Technology, and Society Program, a unit within the College of Humanities and Sciences, and with partial support from a National Science Foundation grant (No.1611953) .


Is this for scientists and academics?
Quite the opposite! Science Pub RVA nights are specifically created for the general public to connect with scientific thinkers and converse informally about curiosity-piquing ideas.

How much is it?
Attend for free, or make a donation. $5 suggested per person.

What time should I arrive?
We will be ready for you at 5:45 pm. Seating is on a first-come basis. Dr. Hammonds’ program will begin at 7:00. We anticipate a full house and recommend arriving by 6:15 pm.  (Note: The doors will not open prior to 5:45 pm, as we will be filming.)

How do I get there?
The Speakeasy is a backroom within The Mansion adjacent to the Hippodrome. It is a separate space from The Speakeasy Grill. Carpooling and public transportation are always a good idea.
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Do I have to be 21?
Yes. This particular Science Pub is in a 21-and-over venue. However, anyone can watch Dr. Hammonds’ talk beginning at 7:00 pm, as it will be live-streamed on Science Pub RVA’s Facebook page.

Can I order dinner?
Yes, The Speakeasy will offer their limited Speed Menu. Service will continue throughout the evening (5:45 to 8:30) including during the program (7:00 to 8:00) . Just place your order at the bar, and they’ll bring it to you when it’s ready.

I don’t drink alcohol, do you ever have any non-pub events?
Pub is in our name, but sipping on a glass of water is completely copacetic. Our focus is more about enjoying the night’s topic and each other, and less about whatever liquids are in hand. While we’re often in bars, it’s not always the case. Subscribe below for emails to be notified of future Science Pub programs.

Will I feel comfortable if I arrive by myself?
If you’re flying solo and keen to meet other curious minds, let us know when you arrive and we’ll point you toward a community table. In the meantime, use #SciPubRVA to get social with us on Twitter and Instagram.

Note: By attending this event, you consent to the recording of your likeness, image, and/or voice and authorize The Community Idea Stations and Virginia Commonwealth University to use photographs, video, and audio recordings containing your likeness, image, and/or voice in any medium for any purpose.