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Forum on Medicine, Race and Ethnicity in St. Louis, Past to Future

Saturday, February 25, 2023 | 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Clark-Fox Forum
Hillman Hall, St. Louis, MO

The Medical Humanities Program and the Center for Race, Ethnicity & Equity will co-host a Forum on Medicine, Race, and Ethnicity in St. Louis, Past to Future

Along with a welcome by Gerald Early, the Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and director of the Center for Race, Ethnicity and Equity, and keynote address by Will Ross, MD, associate dean of diversity at Washington University School of Medicine, 22 speakers (complete list found here), including scholars, public health leaders, artists, and citizens of St. Louis, will take part in six moderated panels: 

  • The History and Legacy of Pruitt-Igoe
  • The History and Legacy of Homer G. Phillips Hospital 
  • Questions of Health and Wellbeing in the St. Louis Latin American Community
  • Bodies at Risk: Obstetrics, Trauma, and Disease
  • Questions of Health and Wellbeing in the St. Louis Asian Community
  • Activist and Reparative Art 

This is a public-facing event and all members of the university and broader St. Louis community are welcome. Event registration is encouraged and free of charge. Lunch will be offered to attendees.  

The Forum on Medicine, Race, and Ethnicity in St. Louis, Past to Future is supported by the Office of the Provost and Washington University’s ten-year strategic vision, Here and Next, designed to mobilize research, education, and patient care to establish WashU and St. Louis as a global hub for transformative solutions to the deepest societal challenges. When we bring our community together around topics that expand our knowledge and our perspectives, we stimulate the open, vibrant environment that will make our strategic vision possible.

The event is supported by the Center for the History of Medicine at Washington University Medical School, the Institute for Public Health, and the WashU & Slavery Project.

Headline image: “At the Heart of It” by Cbabi Bayoc. Bayoc will participate in the Activist and Reparative Art panel discussion.



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Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Humanities & Society, Medicine & Health, Campus & Community


Black History



Black History Month, Here and Next
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Speaker Information

A complete list of speakers and the program can be found here

Speakers and Moderators 
Diego Abente
Cbabi Bayoc
Candace Borders
Leopoldo Cabassa, PhD
Vanessa Cooksey
Aja Corrigan
Anna Crosslin
Gerald Early, PhD
Caroline Fan
Robert Hansman
Dineo Khabele, MD
Harold Law
Julia Lopez, MD
Ken Ludmerer, MD
Mary M. McKay, PhD
Rebecca Messbarger, PhD
​Sowande' Mustakeem, PhD
Amana Nasir, MD
Martha Nelson
Candace O'Connor
LJ Punch, MD
Gabriela Ramírez-Arellano
Will Ross, MD
Ezelle Sanford III, PhD
David Serlin, PhD
Simiya Sudduth
Vetta Sanders Thompson, PhD
Zenobia Thompson
Geoff Ward, PhD
Philip A. Woodmore, PhD
Phil Woodmore Singers

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