Inequalities Unmasked: What Pandemics Reveal about American Society from the Spanish Flu to COVID-19

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at 12:00pm

Mayer Auditorium
1975 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089

Inequalities Unmasked: What Pandemics Reveal about American Society from the Spanish Flu to COVID-19
A Lecture by Keith Wailoo
The Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics Series

Reception to follow in the Hoyt Gallery.

Admission is free. Reservations recommended. Reservations open on Wednesday, December 1, at 10 a.m.

Keith Wailoo is Henry Putnam University Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where he previously served as Vice Dean of the School of Public and International Affairs and Chair of the Department of History. The current president of the American Association for the History of Medicine, his research straddles history and health policy, touching on drugs and drug policy; the politics of race and health; the interplay of identity, ethnicity, gender, and medicine; and controversies in genetics and society. In a timely and crucial lecture, Wailoo will survey the history of epidemics and the unequal burden on people of color in this country.


Keith Wailoo
is widely recognized for successfully bringing history to the process of informing health policy, enriching the understanding of scholars, practitioners, and policy makers alike regarding the role that race plays in shaping institutions and behaviors. The recipient of numerous honors, Wailoo was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2007. In 2021, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received the Dan David Prize for his “influential body of historical scholarship focused on race, science, and health equity.” He is the author of numerous books, including The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine; Dying in the City of the Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health; Drawing Blood: Technology and Disease Identity in Twentieth-Century America; and How Cancer Crossed the Color Line.

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Presented by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. Organized by Pamela Schaff (Medical Education, Family Medicine, and Pediatrics), Alexander Capron (Law and Medicine), Ricky Bluthenthal (Preventive Medicine), Ron Ben-Ari (Internal Medicine and Medical Education), Erika Wright (Medical Education and English), and Joyce Richey (Physiology & Neuroscience and Medical Education). Co-sponsored by Keck School of Medicine’s HEAL (Humanities, Ethics, Art, and the Law) Program and the USC Pacific Center for Health Policy and Ethics.

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