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Celebrating Troy Duster


Please join us to celebrate the life and work of Troy Duster.  Troy’s scholarship, public engagement, and commitment to social justice have influenced many within sociology and beyond.  An invaluable teacher, mentor, friend and colleague, Troy has inspired generations of social scientists to engage with genetics, race, criminology, and mental health.  Nationally, Troy’s service has broadened our conceptual framings about ethics and justice.  He has been an advisor to the National Academy of Sciences, the National Institutes of Health, the Human Genome Project, and the U.S. Department of Justice.  Locally, his engagement in the Berkeley and Oakland community has resulted in key friendships and collaborations with leaders in medicine and law, alongside continuing advisory roles with award-winning documentary film-makers, and the educational component of the slow food movement.

Join us for this special event to reflect on Troy’s influence and the significance of his work for future challenges.

Friday, August 15, 9:00am - 6:00pm

Booth Auditorium of the Berkeley Law School, University of California, 2778 Bancroft Way, click here for directions and travel options.

Wach video of this event here.



9:00   Welcome and Introduction

Duana Fullwiley, Stanford University

Osagie Obasogie, UC Hastings/UCSF

9:15-9:40  Opening Address

Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania

9:40-10:45  Panel 1: "Slippery Slopes": When Health Disparities, Political Inclusion and Racial Science Start to Mix

Moderator: Denise Herd, UC Berkeley

Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University

Jonathan Kahn, Hamline University

Alondra Nelson, Columbia University

Amani Nuru-Jeter, UC Berkeley

10:45-11:00  Coffee Break

11:00-11:50  Panel 2: Engaging Scientists on Race in Genetic Research: Refusing to 'Watch the Parade from the Sidewalk'

Joan Fujimura, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Duana Fullwiley, Stanford University

Pilar Ossorio, University of Wisconsin-Madison

12:00-1:30  Lunch Break

1:30-2:35  Panel 3: The Work of the Sociologist in Forensics, Policing, and Behavioral Science

Moderator: Elizabeth Joh, UC Davis

Harry Levine, CUNY - Queens College

Aaron Panofsky, UCLA

Howard Pinderhughes, UCSF

Oliver Rollins, University of Pennsylvania

2:35-2:45  Coffee Break

2:45-4:15  Panel 4: Connecting the Dots: A Roundtable on Troy Duster's Contributions to the Academy, the Public, and to the Berkeley Community

Moderator: Michael Omi, UC Berkeley


Hon. Thelton E. Henderson, Northern District of California

Bertram H. Lubin, President & CEO of Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland

Tania Simoncelli, Author, Cellist, and Assistant Director for Forensic Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Sandra Smith, UC Berkeley

Julie Sze, UC Davis

Alice Waters, Chez Panisse

David Wellman, UC Santa Cruz

4:20-4:45  Closing Address

Patricia Williams, Columbia University

4:45  A Few Words from Troy

5:00-6:00  Reception


Location: Booth Auditorium of the Berkeley Law School, University of California, 2778 Bancroft Way, click here for directions and travel options.

Register for this event here.

Accommodations: This conference is being held in a wheelchair-acessible location. If you need any other disability accommodations in order to attend, including communication services, please contact Victoria Massie at  Please make your accommodation request by August 1.

Questions? Contact Victoria Massie:

Sponsored by: Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, UC Berkeley Department of Sociology, Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice, Center for Research on Social Change, Center for the Study of Law and Society, Center for Genetics and Society