Speaker Series

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Dr. Anne M. Lovell

Tuesday, February 13th, 1pm
Mergenthaler 431, Homewood Campus

LovellDr. Anne M. Lovell will present “Specific Intellectuals, Partial Publics and Other Advocates: an Anthropological Peregrination across Public Psychiatry, Pharmaceuticals and Global Mental Health” as part of our first speaker series entitled Engaged Scholarship, Learning Through Health Activism.

Dr. Lovell is INSERM Senior Research Scientist Emeritus at the Cermes3 (Research Center on Medicine, Sciences, Health, Mental Health and Society), a member of the Doctoral School at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Director of Global Mental Health, and currently a Visiting Research Scientist at the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health of Columbia University.


Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr.

Monday, March 12th, 4pm
West Reading Room, Welch Library Building, East Baltimore Campus

Sam Roberts, history of medicine at Columbia U.Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr. will present “Drugs, Politics, & Pariahs: Or, How to Think About Race & Harm Reduction in an Opioid Epidemic” for the XXVIth Noguchi Lecture in the History of Medicine. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of the History of Medicine, the Center for Medical Humanities & Social Medicine, the Program in Racism, Immigration, & Citizenship, and the Department of Health Policy & Management.

Dr. Roberts is the former Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), and is Associate Professor of History (School of Arts & Sciences) and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Mailman School of Public Health). He writes, teaches, and lectures widely on African-American history, medical and public health history, urban history, issues of policing and criminal justice, and the history of social movements. His book, Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation (UNC Press, 2009), demonstrates the historical and continuing links between legal and de facto segregation and poor health outcomes. In 2013-14, Dr. Roberts served as the Policy Director of Columbia University’s Justice Initiative, where he coordinated the efforts of several partners to bring attention to the issue of aging and the growing incarcerated elderly population. This work led to the publication of the widely-read landmark report, Aging in Prison Reducing Elder Incarceration and Promoting Public Safety (New York: Columbia University Center for Justice. November 2015. http://centerforjustice.columbia.edu/policy/aging-in-prison/).

Dr. Roberts currently is researching a book project on the history of drug addiction policy and politics from the 1950s to the 1990s, a period which encompasses the various heroin epidemics between the 1950s and the 1980s, the development of therapeutic communities, radical recovery movements, methadone maintenance treatment, and harm reduction approaches. He serves on a number of organizational advisory and executive boards and is a founding member of the Black Harm Reduction Working Group. He is also the host of the public health and social justice podcast PDIS: People Doing Interesting Stuff, available on iTunes and SoundCloud.

Dr. Roberts tweets from @SamuelKRoberts.


Dr. Rosanna Dent

Tuesday, April 10th, 1pm
3rd Floor Seminar Room, Welch Library Building, East Baltimore Campus

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Dr. Rosanna Dent will present “Bureaucratic Vulnerability: The Afterlives of a Biomedical Object and Community Engagement in Indigenous Brazil” as part of our first speaker series entitled Engaged Scholarship, Learning Through Health Activism.

Dr. Dent holds a Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science with a focus on modern Latin America from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently writing a book about the history of twentieth-century scientific research on an Indigenous group in Brazil. In 2017, Dr. Dent was named a Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow; she will spend the year conducting research at McGill University in Montreal before joining the faculty of the Department of History at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in the Fall of 2018.


Dr. Marcia Chatelain

Tuesday, April 24th, 1pm
Mergenthaler 431, Homewood Campus

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Dr. Marcia Chatelain will present “Drive Thru Civil Rights: Obesity, Capitalism, and the Question of Progress” as part of our first speaker series entitled Engaged Scholarship, Learning Through Health Activism.

Dr. Chatelain is currently a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and was  previously an Assistant Professor of Honors at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.  They hold a PhD from Brown University in American Civilization.

Dr. Chatelain is a Harry S. Truman scholar, Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the U.S. American Fellow, Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life Amethyst Award recipient, French American Foundation Young Leader,  and a recipient of Georgetown University’s  Dorothy M. Brown Teaching Award, the Edward Bunn, S.J. Award for Faculty Excellence, and the College Academic Council’s Faculty Award. In 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education named them a Top Influencer in Higher Education.

They are a historian of black girls and girlhood during the Great Migration.  Their first book South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration was published by Duke University Press in 2015.  Dr. Chatelain is currently writing a book about race and fast food, From Sit-In to Drive-Thru: Black America in the Age of Fast Food (under contract, Liveright, an imprint of W.W. Norton).