Public Lecture by Nara Milanich at the Library of Congress, Washington DC: “Family Matters: Testing Paternity in the Twentieth Century”

Public Lecture by Nara Milanich, Barnard College, at the Library of Congress, Washington DC: “Family Matters: Testing Paternity in the Twentieth Century”

Tuesday, March 17, 2015, 4:00 p.m.
LJ-119, First floor, Thomas Jefferson Building (view map)

Long before daytime television and celebrity tabloids, scientists from around the world sought to develop a test of biological paternity. ACLS Burkhardt Fellow Nara Milanich offers a social and cultural history that traces parentage testing from its origins in the 1920s to the present, exploring how and why identity and descent first became scientific problems and the consequences of testing for men, women, and children, states and societies, kinship and citizenship.