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Sick of Race: How Racism Harms Health and Misleads Medicine


for Members

Sick of Race: How Racism Harms Health and Misleads Medicine

Monday, October 29, 2018

​Roosevelt House, 47-49 E 65th St, New York

Presented By

The Anthropology Section


Social scientists commonly assert that race is a cultural construct, not a biological reality. This refrain is correct in spirit, but it has proven to be an ineffective response to the persistence of racial-genetic determinism in medicine, science, and everyday life. What's more, it creates a blind spot: deflecting attention away from the biological consequences of cultural constructs like race. We will explore how hidden assumptions about race, genes, and biology infect contemporary medicine and how integrating methods from the social and biological sciences clarifies the health effects of systemic racism.

Location: Roosevelt House, 47-49 E 65th St, New York, NY 10065

A dinner and wine reception will precede the talk. Buffet dinner begins at 5:45 PM. ($20 contribution for dinner guests/free for students). 

Lectures begin at 6:30 PM and are free and open to the public, but registration is required. 




Clarence C. Gravlee, University of Florida


Ida Susser, Hunter College and Graduate Center, CUNY
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