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Gatekeeping & the Publishing Landscape for Scholarship on Race, Medicine & Science

Friday, November 5, 2021 | 1:00 PM - 2:45 PM

This academic year CRE2 is inaugurating a partnership with Northwestern University’s Program in Science in Human Culture (SHC) to co-sponsor a series of research exchanges, public panels, and scholarly presentations that focus on the intersections of race, science and medicine. Through this partnership, members of both institutions will have opportunities to participate in events in the series that explore questions surrounding the production of scientific knowledge across the Americas, including institutional barriers, “gatekeeping,” and the construction of expertise; genomics, genetics, and understandings of race; and the roles of science in society in the present and past.

What does it mean to be in “the room where it happens”? In this fall’s virtual panel on Gatekeeping & the Publishing Landscape for Scholarship on Race, Medicine & Science, participants will explore how publication trends and directions for race-focused work in areas of science and medical research have been shaped by public conversations, the makeup of editorial boards, and field-specific debates themselves, among other sources of influence and power structures. Join us as we delve into this conversation to learn more about gatekeeping and publishing.

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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Research


Science & Technology, Medicine & Health



Assembly Series
Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity & Equity
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Speaker Information

Holden Thorp, moderator (Editor in Chief, Science Family of Journals)

Gil Eyal (Columbia University, Sociology)

Gil Eyal is Professor of Sociology and co-Director of the Precision Medicine and Society Program at Columbia University. He is currently leading a two-year Mellon-Sawyer Seminar on “Trust and Mistrust of Science and Experts.” 

Tess Lanzarotta (Science in Human Culture Postdoctoral Fellow, Northwestern University)

Tess Lanzarotta is a historian of science and medicine whose research and teaching focuses on the history of American Indian and Alaska Native health. Her current book project, Unsettling Biomedicine: Research, Care, and Indigenous Rights in Cold War Alaska, explores biomedicine as a feature of American colonial power and explains how Alaska Native peoples have transformed it into a tool for expressing their sovereignty. 

Damon Scott Tweedy (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Duke University)

Damon Tweedy is an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist within the Durham Veteran Affairs Health Care System. He completed both medical school and his specialty training at Duke. He divides his time between clinical and administrative duties within the VA system and medical student teaching and mentorship at Duke.

Yolonda Wilson (Saint Louis University, Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics; Philosophy)

Yolonda Y. Wilson is an associate professor in the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at Saint Louis University, with additional affiliations in the departments of Philosophy and African American Studies. She earned the doctorate in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Professor Wilson’s broad areas of interest include bioethics, social and political philosophy, race theory, and feminist theory.

Read full bios on the CRE2 website.

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