The Race + Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine Working Group meets monthly, generally on the first Monday of the month, from 6-8pm. Dinner is provided.
The Spring 2018 meetings are being held at Spelman College. The remaining regular meeting dates this Spring are Feb 5 and March 5. Our spring public event, on March 29, on the Reproductive Justice: Race & Biomedicine will replace the April meeting.
If you are interested in attending one of our sessions, please RSVP to Anne Pollock.
Spring 2018 Public Event
Race, Biomedicine, & Reproductive Justice
Loretta Ross and Whitney Robinson in Dialogue
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Tech Square Research Building (TSRB)
85 5th St, Atlanta
This event is co-sponsored by the Race & Biomedicine Working Group and the Black Feminist Think Tank
With the generous support of the Georgia Tech College of Sciences, the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, and Spelman College Office of the Provost, Social Justice Program and the LINCS STEM Scholars.
Fall 2017 Public Event
Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration
Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration with
Evelyn Patterson, Starla Hairston-Blanks, and Xochitl Bervera
Monday, October 2, 2017
Clary Theater, Student Success Center
Evelyn J. Patterson is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Demography, and Social Science Research. In 2012, the American Sociological Association awarded her for Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population.
Starla Hairston-Blanks is the Director of Community Voices: Healthcare for the Underserved of Morehouse School of Medicine, which is dedicated to addressing health disparities, research, policy and practice.
Xochitl Bervera is a lawyer, organizer, and movement builder. She is the Director of the Atlanta-based Racial Justice Action Center, which is home to the Solutions Not Punishment Coalition and Women on the Rise.
The interest in this topic was evident in standing room only Clary Theater at the Student Success Center, which was filled with engaged students and faculty from Atlanta-based universities. The dialogue started with short presentations from experts in the field including Dr. Evelyn Patterson from Vanderbilt University, Starla Hairston-Blanks from Morehouse School of Medicine, and Xochitl Bervera from the Racial Justice Action Center. The second half of the event was an open discussion moderated by Manu Platt, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Co-PI of the Working Group. The event highlighted the increased risk of chronic stress based on the experience of having a family member in jail. The guest speakers also provided ideas on pathways out of incarceration and brought awareness to challenges people face once they have spent time in jail.
This event was sponsored by the Working Group on Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine with the generous support of GT-FIRE, College of Sciences, and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.
This event is archived at Georgia Tech's Institutional Repository: https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/58828
Spring 2017 Public Event:
Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation
After the Genome
Alondra Nelson and Ruha Benjamin in Dialogue
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Georgia Tech Student Center Theater
All are welcome for a Public Dialogue featuring two world leading experts on the intersections of race and biomedicine
in science and society.
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University, author of Body and Soul: The Black Panther Party and the Fight Against Medical Discrimination and The Social Life of DNA: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome
Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University, author of People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier
Co-sponsored by the Black Feminist Think Tank and the Working Group on Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine with the generous support of GT-FIRE.
Fall 2016 Public Event
Racism and Health in the South
Camara Jones and Jonathan Metzl in Diaglogue
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Georgia Tech Clary Theater
Camara Jones and Jonathan Metzl drew a standing-room-only crowd for their dialogue on “Racism and Health in the South.” The audience was incredibly diverse, including Deans and School Chairs from Georgia Tech, as well as faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from across disciplines and across Atlanta institutions, including Spelman, Morehouse School of Medicine, Georgia State, and Emory. Jones and Metzl gave us inspiration to both hone our thinking about racism and health, and to explore possibilities of building a social-justice oriented curriculum across Science and the Liberal Arts.
The Jones & Metzl lecture is archived at Georgia Tech's Institutional Repository: https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/55934.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Georgia Tech Student Theater
While here to speak about “Healthy Dissent: Urban Ecologies and the Art of Relational Politics,” Michael Montoya also took the time to engage with the Georgia Tech communities. In addition to meeting with our Working Group, he had lunch with Latino students (organized by Sociology professor Jennifer Singh), and breakfast with graduate students in biosciences and biomedical engineering (organized by Biomedical Engineering graduate student Torri Rinker). Montoya’s talk emphasized the importance of building relationships in order to be able to understand the impact of racism on health and other vital issues in communities with which we work, and along the way, he helped us to build community.
The Montoya lecture is archived at Georgia Tech's Institutional Repository: https://smartech.gatech.edu/handle/1853/54521.
Fall 2015 Public Event
Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine
Friday, October 16, 2015
Georgia Tech Student Theater
In addition to giving a large public lecture, Evelynn Hammonds met with our Working Group members to give us advice about how to run a cross-institutional Working Group, drawing on her own long experience participating in and leading a similar Working Group at MIT and Harvard. These insights were invaluable for getting a sense of both how to set an agenda for collaborative research, and how to manage the logistical details (such as the importance of validating parking!).