Seminar Series – Viral Justice: Pandemics, Policing, and Public Bioethics by Ruha Benjamin, PhD
Ruha Benjamin, PhD
Viral Justice: Pandemics, Policing, and Public Bioethics
In this talk, Ruha Benjamin examines the twin crises of COVID-19 and police violence, mapping the multiple vectors through which racism gets under the skin, into the blood stream, attacking our bodies and body politic. She offers a theory of change, viral justice – as a practical and principled approach to transmuting a hostile racial climate into one that is more habitable, hopeful, and just.
Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Founding Director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019), among other publications. Benjamin is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including from the American Council of Learned Societies, National Science Foundation, Institute for Advanced Study, andthe President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton. For more info, please visit www.ruhabenjamin.com