Past Event

Testosterone: Defining Gender in Sports

April 30, 2019
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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Hamilton Hall (Room 702), Columbia University, 1130 Amsterdam Avenue, New York

Event Description:

Who gets to define gender in the context of sports? Is testosterone level an appropriate marker of sex? And should the Olympic committee be forcing women like Caster Semenya to artificially lower their testosterone levels in order to compete?

Come for a thrilling discussion with two experts on this issue: Professors Rebecca Jordan-Young (Barnard College) and Katrina Karkazis (Yale University and Brooklyn College), Guggenheim fellows and authors of the upcoming book Testosterone: An Unathorized Biography. In this panel, they will show how the idea that testosterone differs vastly between the sexes isn't simply given by nature, but is actively assembled by researchers. Researchers' ideas about gender, sexuality, and race, as well as people's lived experiences, affect how T is produced, how it does and doesn't differ across bodies, and how it is understood by scientists.

Event Speakers:

  • Rebecca Jordan-Young, Tow Associate Professor for Distinguished Scholars and Chair, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College and Center for Science and Society Advisory Board Member. 
  • Katrina Karkazis, Senior Visiting Fellow, Yale Law School

Event Information:

Please RSVP via Eventbrite. This event is hosted by Columbia Science Review