American Apartheid: Tracing the Art, Science and Ethics of Medical Racism (2/7)

"American Apartheid: Tracing the Art, Science and Ethics of Medical Racism"
a talk by Harriet Washington

Thursday, February 7th, 4:30-6 pm

Ferguson Auditorium
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Columbia College Chicago

For several hundred years, U.S. bias against black Americans in the medical sphere has reflected the political, social and economic realities of the larger culture. In addition, medical beliefs have both reflected and been fed by artistic trends, mores and practices and have been reinforced by literary movements and semantic strategies. This talk will trace some of these and indicate
how this history affects today's medical-research practices.

Ms. Washington is a Visiting Scholar at DePaul University, medical ethicist, and author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present.

The talk is a Critical Encounters: Poverty and Privilege event and is co-sponsored by the Liberal Education Department.

The event is preceded by a brief, light food reception beginning at 4 PM.

Also, a complete list of the spring series can be found online at


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