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Join us for a campus forum that begins with a talk from the author of The Medicalization of Blackness, Dr. Rana Hogarth (Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign). In this talk, Dr. Hogarth will provide a brief history behind the creation of race and racial difference in medicine and foreground the ways race emerged as a “valid” topic of scientific and biomedical inquiry. She will focus on the contributions of physicians who lived and worked in slave societies of North America and the Anglophone Caribbean to the making of race and racial differences, while highlighting how these physicians propagated damaging assumptions about Black people's bodies, some of which still linger with us today. The talk is followed by commentary from Drs. Zoe Samudzi and Malcolm John and audience discussion as we consider how legacies of slavery have shaped the creation of medical knowledge and the contours of medical education.
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