GLC Panel Discussion: “Contested Bodies: Race and Pregnancy, Past and Present”

Event time: 
Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Laboratory of Epidemiology & Public Health (LEPH ), Winslow Auditorium See map
60 College Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

This panel discussion will explore the historical roots of the contemporary crisis of race-based inequalities in maternal health and childbirth outcomes. With Professor Sasha Turner’s book, Contested Bodies: Pregnancy, Childrearing, and Slavery in Jamaica (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), as a springboard, panelists will reflect on the long history of state and medical authorities’ regulations of Black women’s reproductive lives. Connecting past with present, the conversation will address how the legacies of slavery fuel the ongoing impacts of racism and implicit bias in the medical profession.

Introductions: David W. Blight, Director of the Gilder Lehrman Center; Class of 1954 Professor of American History, Yale University

Moderator: Randi Epstein, Writer in Residence, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University


* Sasha Turner, Associate Professor of History, Quinnipiac University

* Carolyn Roberts, Assistant Professor of African American Studies and History; Senior Project Director, Program in the History of Science and Medicine, Yale University

* Sascha James-Conterelli, Lecturer  and Midwife, Yale School of Nursing

Co-sponsored by the Program for Humanities in Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

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Due to high interest in this event, we are asking people to register:…

If you register, please arrive early. At 4:30pm we will open up seating to all.

Metered, on-street parking in the area is available but limited. Very limited guest parking (for a fee) is available in lot CP2 (past 47 College street). Off-street parking is available at the Temple Street Garage (1 Temple Street) the Air Rights Garage (60 York Street), and the Howard Avenue garage (790 Howard Ave). From any of those garages it is a 10 minute walk to the School of Public Health. Please give yourself extra time to walk to venue. The Yale Shuttle (blue line) is another option.