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Disordered Cosmos: Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in conversation with Imani Perry

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Charis welcomes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in conversation with Imani Perry for a celebration of Prescod-Weinstein's highly anticipated, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred. This event is co-hosted by the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History.

From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos -- and a call for a more just practice of science.

In The Disordered Cosmos, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter -- all with a new spin informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek.

One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than one hundred Black American women to earn a Ph.D. from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly non-traditional, and grounded in Black feminist traditions.

Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, sexism, and other dehumanizing systems. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society that begins with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky. The Disordered Cosmos dreams into existence a world that allows everyone to experience and understand the wonders of the universe.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices. https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/CharisCircle?code=chariscirclepage

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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. She is also a columnist for New Scientist and Physics World. Her research in theoretical physics focuses on cosmology, neutron stars, and dark matter, and she is active in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies. Essence magazine recognized her as one of "15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers." She has been profiled in several venues, including TechCrunchMs. MagazineHuffington PostGizmodoNylon, and the African American Intellectual History Society's Black Perspectives. A cofounder of the Particles for Justice movement, she has received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics, as well as the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology.

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of 6 books, including the critically acclaimed Breathe: A Letter to my Sons and the award winning: Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry and May We Forever Stand: A History of the Black National Anthem. Perry's creative nonfiction work has appeared in publications such as the Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New York Times, and she frequently provides commentary for documentaries on Black history, art and culture. Perry holds a Ph.D. in American Studies from Harvard University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center and a BA from Yale College. She currently lives in the Philadelphia area with her two sons.

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Event Summary: 
Charis welcomes Chanda Prescod-Weinstein in conversation with Imani Perry for a celebration of Prescod-Weinstein's highly anticipated, The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred. This event is co-hosted by AARL.