february, 2022

17feb12:00 pm- 1:30 pmSamuel K. Roberts, "Racial Capitalism, Segregation, and the Historical Roots of Health Inequities, 1880-1950"

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Racial Capitalism, Segregation, and the Historical Roots of Health Inequities, 1880-1950

Date: February 17, 2022| 12:00-1:30 PM

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Description: With the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 and the ensuing pandemic, racial health inequities in infectious disease once again came to the fore. In this lecture, Dr. Roberts provides some historical context and reflects on the roots of our current crisis.

Speaker: Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts, Jr

Samuel Kelton Roberts, PhD, is Associate Professor of History (Columbia University School of Arts & Sciences) and Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences (Mailman School of Public Health). He is a former Director of Columbia University’s Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS), and also recently has joined Columbia’s new Department of African-American and African Diaspora Studies as Associate Professor. Dr. Roberts writes, teaches, and lectures widely the history of public health and medicine, urban history, movements for social justice, African-American history, and on issues of policing and criminal justice. His widely acclaimed book, Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation (UNC Press, 2009), demonstrates the historical and continuing links between racial segregation and poor health outcomes.

This event is open to McGill students, faculty, staff, and the public. This event is co-sponsored with the McGill School of Population and Global Health. 


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