Book Talk with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
- Join The Lewis Museum as Dr. Izetta Autumn Mobley, Director of Interpretation, Collections & Education, talks with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein about race, gender, and space and her book, In The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey Into Dark Matter, Spacetime & Dreams Deferred. Dr. Prescod-Weinstein will share 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—along with a perspective informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek. She urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, misogyny, and other forms of oppression. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society, beginning with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky. Dr. 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. She also does research in Black feminist science, technology, and society studies. Nature recognized her as one of 10 people who shaped science in 2020, and Essence magazine has recognized her as one of “15 Black Women Who Are Paving the Way in STEM and Breaking Barriers.” A co-founder of Particles for Justice, she received the 2017 LGBT+ Physicists Acknowledgement of Excellence Award for her contributions to improving conditions for marginalized people in physics and the 2021 American Physical Society Edward A. Bouchet Award for her contributions to particle cosmology.