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Lecture in Honor of Professor Bill Duvall, Prof. Myles Jackson, "The Classification of Humans"
Start Date: 4/12/2016Start Time: 7:00 PM

Event Description
"The Classification of Humans: the Biology of Difference from the 18th through 21st Centuries"
This talk discusses the ways in which humans were classified starting with Linnaeus in the 18th century and the influence of natural theology on his classificatory scheme, through the nineteenth century when biological differences among the races were used to legitimize slavery, to the use of present-day genomics as a way to understand human diversity and migratory patterns. Despite the seemingly "naturalness" of such schemes, I shall discuss how there always were (and still are) alternatives to the ways in which humans have been historically classified. In essence, the understanding of human diversity is still, and always has been, simultaneously a political and scientific endeavor.

Letters will be presented to Professor Duvall at the lecture.  To contribute, please contact Wendy Petersen-Boring, Chair, Department of History (
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Law School  (View Map)
245 Winter Street SE
Salem 97301
Phone: 503-370-6380
Room: 201 -- Paulus Lecture Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Leslie Cutler
Phone: (503) 370-6061
Duvall Retirement Poster
Admission / Ticket Info:
Free and Open to the Public
Event Sponsor(s):
The Center for Law, Religion, and Democracy, and the History Department
Other Details:
In Honor of Professor Bill Duvall

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