Critical Race Theory and the Health Sciences Symposium

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January 20, 2017
Massachusetts, United States
Subject Fields: 
Sociology, Public Health, Health and Health Care, Race Studies, Law and Legal History

The American Journal of Law and Medicine (AJLM) invites scholars working within the fields of law, the social sciences, the humanities, and the health sciences to the AJLM Symposium titled "Critical Race Theory and the Health Sciences" taking place at the Boston University School of Law on Friday, January 20th, 2017. This Symposium will explore the embedded nature of race in the health sciences and identify opportunities to disrupt and rethink these arrangements in pursuit of racial justice and health equity. We will examine the interconnected histories of science, medicine, and law that lead racial differences and disparities to be mistakenly understood and experienced as natural phenomena, obscuring their social, political, and economic determinants. We will also discuss the theoretical and empirical interventions that bring attention to the constructed nature of our racial imaginations in the health sciences. Additionally, the methodological challenges associated with developing intersectional approaches that do not obscure (and indeed support) the centrality of other identity standpoints—such as sex, gender, class, sexuality, and disability—when exploring race in health sciences research will be considered through the Symposium presentations and discussions.  

Major Addresses:

Jay Kaufman, McGill University, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
Dorothy Roberts, University of Pennsylvania Law School 
Patricia Williams, Columbia University School of Law

Conference Panelists:

Aziza Ahmed, Northeastern School of Law
Ruha Benjamin, Princeton University, Department of African American Studies
Deborah Bolnick, University of Texas, Austin, Department of Anthropology
Chandra Ford, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Michele Goodwin, University of California, Irvine School of Law
Jonathan Kahn, Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Amani Nuru-Jeter, UC Berkeley, School of Public Health
Alexandra Stern, University of Michigan, Departments of History, Women's Studies, Obstetrics and Gynecology

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Please contact Organizers, Professor Khiara M. Bridges (, Professor Terence Keel (, Professor Osagie Obasogie ( with questions about the Symposium. 

Please note that this updated announcement includes speakers and the Symposium website. 

Contact Info: 

Casey Baines, Co-Editor, Symposium 

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