U. of I. cancels talk by Nobel laureate after faculty raises concerns about his views on race, intelligence

May 17, 2017

University of Illinois has cancelled plans to host a talk by Nobel Laureate James Watson after faculty raised concerns about his discredited views on race and intelligence.

Carl Woese Institute for Genomic Biology director Gene Robinson tells The News-Gazette the center dropped plans to host the scientist before a date had even been set.

Watson, 89, co-discovered the structure of DNA and has a history of racially insensitive comments.

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