What's Wrong with Race-Based Medicine?
Prof. Dorothy Roberts, JD
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
11:30AM - 1:00PM
Location: Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
Professor Dorothy Roberts, JD (Northwestern University), will discuss how the FDA's approval of the first race-specific drug has generated a heated debate about the scientific and political efficacy of race-based medicine. She will place this debate in the context of health disparities and genetic concepts of race and explain why marketing pharmaceuticals on the basis of race is more likely to worsen racial inequities than cure them. Recognizing that race-based medicine raises both medical and political questions, Roberts rejects the dichotomy often claimed by its promoters that we must put aside social justice concerns in order to improve minority health.
Dorothy Roberts Lecture
Check out this great upcoming event at the U. We are reading two chapters from Roberts' book Killing the Black Body right around the time that she is here!