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Citizen’s Assembly: Racial Diversity, Part 1

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Eugenics and Racial Diversity keynote session – ‘In ‘Make Me Better: Eugenics and the idea of human improvement’ Angela Saini explores how we retain the notion that we are not enough as we are, that both individuals and groups need to be improved to serve the state – and how that basic ideology still drives science today. Moderated by Kurt Barling.


  • Kurt Barling

    Kurt Barling (born November 1961) is a British professor of journalism at Middlesex University. He previously worked as a journalist for the BBC for 25 years and before that as a lecturer at the London School of Economics. In 1997 he won the CRE’s Reporter of the Year award. He is also an author and has been an independent film producer.

  • Angela Saini

    Angela Saini is an award-winning science journalist and author. She presents radio and television programmes, and her writing has appeared across the world, including in The Financial Times, Wired, New Scientist, and National Geographic. Angela’s latest book, Superior: The Return of Race Science, was published in May 2019 to enormous critical acclaim, and became a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize and the Foyles Book of the Year. Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong was published in 2017, and has been translated into fourteen languages. She is now working on her fourth book, exploring the roots of male domination and patriarchy, which will be published by 4th Estate and Beacon Press in early 2023. In 2020 Angela was named one of the world’s top 50 thinkers by Prospect magazine, and in 2018 she was voted one of the most respected journalists in the UK. In 2015 she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Kavli Science Journalism gold award for a BBC Radio 4 documentary about birdsong and human language. She has also received a best feature award from the Association of British Science Writers.