Staying Alive, But Also Staying Alive: Reflections on how the "Pandemic is a Portal"

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Join us for a presentation by Dr. Ruha Benjamin on social inequity, the history of scientific and medical racism, and COVID-19, followed by responses by Dr. Nicole Fleetwood and Dr. Monica McLemore, offering perspectives from the imprisonment system and practices of clinical care and public health.

Dr. Ruha Benjamin is Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founder of the JUST DATA Lab, and author of published works on race and science such as "People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier" (2013) and "Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code" (2019). Her work investigates the social dimensions of science, medicine, and technology with a focus on the relationship between innovation and inequity, health and justice, knowledge and power.

Dr. Nicole Fleetwood is a writer, curator, and professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. Dr. Fleetwood is author of many books on the subjects of race and incarceration, co-editor of Aperture magazine’s “Prison Nation,” and co/curator of art exhibitions in museums around the country.

Dr. Monica McLemore is a tenured associate professor in the Family Health Care Nursing Department at the University of California, San Francisco, as well as an affiliated scientist with UCSF’s Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health, and a member of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. Dr. McLemore has a prolific body of published work and her program of research is focused on understanding reproductive health and justice.

[Originally published on May 19, 2020 via the Clement A. Price Institute]

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