William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English
Director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy
“A Humanist in the World of Genomics:
Privacy, Big Data, and Science Policy”
Abstract: How can humanists successfully compete for NIH and NSF funding? What roles can the humanities play in the public sphere? How can we influence public policy around a host of issues ranging from genomics, neuroscience, and medicine to the environment, economic inequality, racial disparities, digital media, and big data? Drawing on his experience as a Co-PI and researcher on two collaborative NIH grants totaling more than $4-million, as director of a center focused on the role of the arts in shaping public policy, and as a participant in projects with the Institute of Medicine, Personal Genome Project, Broad Institute, and several Medical schools, Jay Clayton will outline answers that have worked at his institution and other universities.
Bio: Jay Clayton is author or editor of seven books and more than 35 articles and chapters, and he has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and elsewhere. His published scholarship has ranged from Romantic poetry and the Victorian novel to contemporary American literature, ﬁlm and digital media, science and literature, and medicine, health, and society. His book, Charles Dickens in Cyberspace: The Afterlife of the Nineteenth Century in Postmodern Culture, focused on the depiction of computers, information technology, and cyborgs from the Victorian era to the twenty-ﬁrst century. This study won the Suzanne M. Glasscock Humanities Prize for Interdisciplinary Scholarship. His recent work has concentrated on the ethical, social, and cultural issues raised by genomics.