The Role of Science and Medical Schools in Propagating Racism in Medicine

Thursday, September 23 at 4:00pm

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Mayer Auditorium
1975 Zonal Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The Role of Science and Medical Schools in Propagating Racism in Medicine
A Lecture by Dorothy Roberts
The Medical Humanities, Arts, and Ethics Series

Reception to follow.

Admission is free. Reservations recommended. RSVP at the link below.


All attendees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or to have had a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the start of this event. Verification must be provided at the event check-in. Face masks will be required for all attendees, vaccinated or unvaccinated. Masks should be worn at all times when individuals are not actively consuming food or beverage. Additionally, all guests must complete the Trojan Check health screening on the day of their visit to campus. Trojan Check verification must be presented at the event check-in.

Dorothy Roberts is an acclaimed scholar whose pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics. Her scholarship, which shows how biological ideologies about race, structural inequities, and individual biases work together to promote racial injustice, has been recognized with the American Psychiatric Association’s 2015 Solomon Carter Fuller Award and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Family Planning, and by her election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2017. Casting a critical eye on the malign-but-often-overlooked effects that respected, liberal institutions can have, Roberts will address how racism in medicine is fostered by science and medical schools.



Dorothy Roberts
holds joint appointments in Africana studies, sociology, and the law school at the University of Pennsylvania, where she occupies the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Chair and is founding director of the Penn Program on Race, Science & Society. Her books include Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty, Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare, and Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century.

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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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