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Alondra Nelson/Stardust & Moonbeams

Join us for two conversations about how science and technology affect identity.

Alondra Nelson speaking, gesturing with hands

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Alondra Nelson

In the program’s first segment, WFIU’s Janae Cummings speaks with Alondra Nelson, an expert on the intersections of science, technology, and social inequality.

Nelson is the author of The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations and Reconciliation after the Genome. She is a professor at Columbia University and president of the Social Science Research Council.

Dr. Nelson recently visited the I.U. Bloomington campus to present a Brannigan lecture on the on the interplay of DNA-based genealogical testing and racial politics.

In the second half of the program, we hear from two filmmakers who are changing gender identity by changing who’s behind the camera.

Madelyn Ritrosky wearing slouchy, wide-brimmed hat

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Madelyn Ritrosky

Madelyn Ritrosky and Kalynn Huffman Brower are producers of Stardust & Moonbeams, a short film about a woman in the 1920s who photographs her husband in the nude.

They discuss their choice to have a female director and cinematographer to make a statement about the female gaze and woman-powered images.

Shooting a scene of Stardust & Moonbeams. A shirtless man sits on a divan and a woman takes his photo with a camera from the 1920s.

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On the set of Stardust & Moonbeams

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