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Reading “The Disordered Cosmos” with Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

09.11.2022 [cancelled]

Who is a scientist? Who is allowed to do research and under what conditions? And at whose expense?

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein addresses these important questions in her book The Disordered Cosmos – A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, & Dreams Deferred, explaining not only the topics she researches in an accessible way, but also using numerous personal and historical examples to show what a major role racism, misogyny, and colonialism still play in the natural sciences and beyond.

Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is an assistant professor of physics and astronomy and core faculty in women’s and gender studies at the University of New Hampshire. Originally from East L.A., Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is a graduate of Harvard College, University of California — Santa Cruz, and the University of Waterloo. One of under 100 Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics, she is a theoretical physicist with expertise in particle physics, cosmology, and astrophysics, with an emphasis on dark matter. In addition, Dr. Prescod-Weinstein is a theorist of Black feminist science, technology, and society studies, and a monthly columnist for New Scientist. Her research and advocacy for marginalized people in physics and astronomy have won multiple awards.

Image: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein

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