Race, Racism, and Health

The Program in Race, Racism and Health draws on the immense expertise of our affiliates tengage in research, outreach and actions committed to the study of and action against racism in medicine. The Center recognizes the immense importance of critically examining the role of racism in the production of medical knowledge and the linkages between racist thought and legacies of oppression.  

Scholars connected to the center have been at the forefront of considering the historical development of racism and its effects on medical knowledge, the linkages between structural racism, violence and health outcomes, as well as novel approaches to teaching pre-medical, medical and practicing physicians the effects that racism has, and continues to have on the practice of medicineFrom developing novel approaches to research and teaching through the employment and development of digital humanities methods to a variety of course offerings, the Center for Medical Humanities and its scholars and students are endeavoring to make the study, research and examination of racism and medicine a critical component of medical education at all levels.  

An unidentified African American physician, assisted by a nurse, treating a baby born with a club foot at an unidentified public health clinic, circa 1945

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Past Events

November 12, 2021
9:00 am / 5:00 pm

Trans/Medicine Workshop

Critical Pedagogies of Health and Society / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

Medicine and medical understandings have played prominent and problematic features in framing transgender historiography. Often, the critical role of trans people in shaping and contesting medical knowledge and practices has ...

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Workshop on Transgender Politics & Medicine


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September 22, 2021
5:00 pm

Susceptibility, Surveillance, and Stigma: A Conversation on History, Infectious Disease, and Genomics

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Robert H. Levi Leadership Symposium in Bioethics and Health Policy

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September 17, 2021
9:00 am

Black Beyond Data: Combating Racial Injustice Through the Digital Humanities: An Introduction

Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

The Sawyer Seminar on Precision and Uncertainty in a World of Data (a grant co-sponsored with Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine’s and the Department of ...

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May 28, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Bioethics: Reckoning with Structures

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Robbie Shilliam and Dr. Jeffrey Kahn of Johns Hopkins University. To register, visit

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April 30, 2021
Featured2:00 pm / 4:00 pm

VERDANT MEDICINE: Hildegard’s Resonant Apothecary

Arts, Humanities, & Health / Medicine, Science, & Humanities

VERDANT MEDICINE: HIlDEGARD'S RESONANT APOTHECARY, a livestream concert by medieval ensemble Alkemie and a roundtable conversation on the medicinal use of plants by composer, abbess, and apothecary Hildegard of Bingen.Register by Apr. 22 to receive mailed "intersensory program cards"!

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April 9, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Global Health, Justice, & Activism

Critical Global Health Studies / Epidemic//Endemic / Race, Racism, & Health

Featuring Dr. Gregg Gonsalves & Dr. Alexandre White Fourth iteration of speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom Webinar Registration For more information ...

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March 12, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Public Health and the State

Critical Global Health Studies / Epidemic//Endemic / Race, Racism, & Health

Public Health and the State Featuring Dr. Lawrence Brown & Dr. Graham Mooney Fourth iteration of speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom ...

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February 26, 2021
2:00 pm / 3:30 pm

Health Disparities and Structural Racism

Epidemic//Endemic / Media, Data, & Health / Past Events / Race, Racism, & Health

Health Disparities and Structural Racism Featuring Dr. Claire Decoteau & Dr. Lisa Cooper Speaker series – Epidemic//Endemic: Medical Humanities & Social Medicine 2020-21 Zoom Webinar Registration For ...

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February 3, 2021

Conference: Critical Conversations on Reproductive Health/Care: Past, Present, and Future

Past Events / Reproduction, Health, & Society

Place: Online Conference, event links will be sent to those who register. Dates: February 3-7, 2021

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