NC State
MEAS Undergraduate Updates
Come meet (virtually) with Angela Saini, the author of Superior: The Return of Race Science, for a student led discussion on October 8th from 6:45-7:45 PM via Zoom. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and be a part of a larger student led discussion on the legacy of scientific racism. This is a small, private event, just for students and the author, that will take place after the public event.

If you would like to discuss Superior, and other race science issues with the author please register here.  We encourage you to have read some or all of the book. You can access a digital copy of the book via NC State Libraries.

If you have any questions or would like to speak in more detail please contact me at

To register for the public event (limited to 500 people) please click here. See below for details on the public event:

The Legacy of Scientific Racism

A conversation with Angela Saini, journalist and author. Opening remarks from Provost Warwick Arden.

Thursday, October 8, 5:30 – 6:30 pm via Zoom. Registration is open: Click here to register.

Racial categories feel tangible, but as we know from genetics, they are no more rooted in biology than they were hundreds of years ago when they were arbitrarily invented by European scientists who were affected by the politics of their time. Yet scientific myths about human difference live on today in disturbing ways. As ethnic nationalism rises around the world, race science is experiencing a revival on the far-right, fuelled by the abuse of data and facts by politically-motivated groups. Even well-intentioned scientists, through their lazy use of old-fashioned categories, inappropriately imply that race has some innate basis.

Angela Saini is an independent British science journalist and author. She presents radio and television programmes on the BBC and her writing has appeared in The Sunday Times, Nature, New Scientist, National Geographic and Wired. She has won a number of national and international journalism awards.

Her two-part documentary series for BBC Four about the history and science of eugenics aired in autumn 2019, and was a pick of the day in a number of national newspapers. Her latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was published in 2019 to widespread critical acclaim, was named a book of the year by the Financial Times, Guardian, The Telegraph, and Sunday Times and won the Transmission Prize. Her previous book, Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong, was published in 2017 and she is currently working on her fourth book, to be published in early 2023.