The YWCA Evanston/North Shore and the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University partnered on February 29 to present a lecture and book signing by NU law professor, author and YWomen Leadership Award honoree, Dorothy Roberts. The evening’s presentation focused on Professor Roberts’ most recent book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics and Big Business Re-create Race in the 21st Century. In her lecture, Roberts highlighted key points from her research on race, science and politics including: the emergence of pharmaceutical drugs targeted to specific races, how race is used in reproductive science, and the growth of DNA-based criminal databases. “Will Americans continue to believe the myth that human beings are naturally divided into races?” asked Roberts, “or will they affirm our shared humanity by working to end the social injustices preserved by the political system of race?”

Following the program, Roberts took questions from a diverse audience of North Shore residents, community volunteers and students and faculty from colleges throughout the area. The YWCA Evanston/North Shore offered this program as part of its Racial Justice initiative. For more information, please contact Eileen Heineman, YWCA Racial Justice Manager at 847-864-8445 or


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The YWCA Evanston/North Shore’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women has been put into practice in the Evanston/North Shore community since 1931. Today, the YWCA Evanston/North Shore focuses on ending violence against women and children; nurturing women’s economic empowerment and leadership; fostering racial, gender and economic equity; and empowering youth through swimming. For more information, please visit their website at: