Mar 7

An examination of the legacy of R.A. Fisher - Part II

Mon, March 7, 2022 • 3:30pm - 4:30pm (1h) • Olin 141

In our ongoing quest for racial justice, it is essential to confront the history of racism within the sciences.  As part of this effort, you are invited to participate in an examination of  the legacy of R.A. Fisher.  Arguably one of the most influential scientists of the 20th century, Fisher made foundational contributions to both evolutionary biology and statistics.  But his advocacy for the human eugenics movement has raised deep concerns about how his work should be treated in academic discourse.


In a series of two Biology Department seminars, we will review some of Fisher's major scientific contributions and explore his eugenics beliefs in the context of his era.  Then the recent struggles of various academic institutions and societies will be examined to see how they have changed their treatment of Fisher's legacy.  Finally, seminar participants will consider together a range of options for covering Fisher in courses at Carleton. Our goal would be to make specific recommendations for a way forward.  

Join us at 3:00pm in the atrium outside Olin 141 for refreshments.

Hosted by: Mark McKone, Biology

Sophie Draper ('24)

Kestrel Liu ('23)

Ben Mellin ('22)
Andrea Tartaglia ('22)


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An examination of the legacy of R.A. Fisher - Part II
  • Intended For: General Public, Students, Faculty, Staff, Alums, Prospective Students, Families
  • Categories: Lecture/Panel

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