Medical Racism in the Twenty-First Century: Infant Mortality Rates, Black Women and the Racialization of Pregnancy

Thursday, February 27, 2020
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (ET)
Kimball Hall Seelos Theater
Event Type
Lecture - Speaker
Contact
Karen Todd
508-793-3485
Department
CIS/ Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies
Link
https://events.holycross.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=12956

This panel discussion will feature two anthropologists, Khiara Bridges and Dána-Ain Davis, who work on the racialization of pregnancy in the US, and who argue that the higher rates of premature births and the higher rates of mortality among pregnant African-American women cannot be explained simply by poverty or by lack of access to healthcare. They argue that more entrenched forms of racism among the medical community are to blame.

DR. KHIARA BRIDGES, J.D., is Professor of Law, UC Berkeley School of Law. She has authored numerous articles and books including: Critical Race Theory: A Primer (Foundation Press 2018), Cambridge Handbook of Surveillance and Race (co-editor, with Jeffrey Vagle) (under contract, Cambridge University Press), The Poverty of Privacy Rights (Stanford University Press 2017), Reproducing Race: An Ethnography of Pregnancy as a Site of Racialization (University of California Press 2011). She serves on the Editorial Board for Signs: Journal of Women in Society & Culture, the National Advocates for Pregnant Women, and is a Reviewer for Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics.

DR. DÁNA-AIN DAVIS is Professor of Anthropology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She has authored numerous articles and books including: Reproductive Injustice: Racism, Pregnancy, and Premature Birth (New York University Press, 2019), Feminist Ethnography: Thinking Through Methodologies, Challenges, Possibilities (co-author, Christa Craven) (Lanham, MD: Rowan & Littlefield 2016), Feminist Activist Ethnography: Counterpoints to Neoliberalism in North America (co-editor, Christa Craven) (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books 2013). She serves on the Editorial Board for Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World: A Review Journal, and on the Editorial Advisory Board of Biopolitics: Medicine, Technoscience and Health in the Twenty-first Century.

This panel discussion is part of the Katherine A. Henry '86 Memorial Lecture Series on Women's Health Issues and part of the Black Womanhood: Lived and Imagined Lecture Series

Categories: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies,Africana Studies,Sociology and Anthropology



Categories: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies,Africana Studies,Sociology and Anthropology

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