Racism, discrimination and statistics – examining the history

Racism, discrimination and statistics – examining the history

Date: Friday 30 October 2020, 4.00PM
Location: Online
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RSS President Deborah Ashby will chair a panel discussion about the history of statistics and the connections between some of the founding figures of the field with eugenics and racism. This is the first in a series of events that the RSS will be holding to advance the debate in this area and discuss aspects of the history of statistics – good and bad – and what they mean for diversity and inclusion today.

There will be a panel of speakers, who will set out their perspectives and take questions from attendees.

The confirmed speakers are:

  • John Aldrich – chair of the RSS History Section
  • Angela Saini – science journalist who presented the Significance lecture on 'the legacy of scientific racism' at the RSS 2020 conference
  • Stephen Senn - Fisher Memorial Trust
  • Alessandro Provetti - Birkbeck College - University of London
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