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Structural Racism and Epidemic Disease in USian History: From Yellow Fever to COVID-19 (The Politics of Yellow Fever series)

Thu, Sep 24, 2020 | 12:00 pm

This talk is presented by Daniel Goldberg, J.D., Ph.D, Core Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Humanities and professor in the Colorado University School of Medicine and the School of Public Health.

Dr. Goldberg will address the broad history of stigma and racism in contexts of epidemic disease in USian (United States'ian) history. While stigma and infectious disease in general are connected at a deep level that extends back from millennia, there is no question that specific forms of racism mark USian history from the beginning. Many scholars have pointed out how the racism that plagued Philadelphia in 1793 affected the devastating yellow fever epidemic of the time. This talk will explain the structural features of such racism and will extend the analysis to several other epidemics in USian history. The talk will conclude by linking the historical analysis to law and policy interventions that can reduce the stigma and racism currently shaping the COVID-19 pandemic in the US.

This program will be presented via Zoom. Registration is encouraged. On the day of the program, use this link to join: https://temple.zoom.us/j/96833335325

This event is presented in conjunction with the Health Sciences Libraries online presentation of the Politics of Yellow Fever in Alexander Hamilton’s America exhibit sponsored by the National Library of Medicine. The exhibit initially intended to make a stop at Temple University’s Ginsburg Health Sciences Library during September 2020. In light of the coronavirus pandemic traveling exhibits were paused. The relevance of the topic to the current situation is clear and we decided to move ahead with a virtual exhibit, workshops, and speaker events.

Please contact Courtney Eger, courtney.eger@temple.edu, with questions.