Research!Louisville Fall Symposium
The Past is Present: Slavery and Medicine in Louisville History
Wednesday, Oct. 4th, noon, Kosair Charities Clinical & Translational Research Building, room 124
This wide-ranging panel discussion highlights important episodes and events in the history of medicine in Louisville and Jefferson County that occurred during the antebellum era of U.S. history. Its purpose is to illustrate the central role of physicians in supporting the system of racial slavery and the role of enslaved persons as experimental subjects in the advancement of medicine.
A conversation with author Harriet Washington
Thursday, Oct. 5th, noon, Kornhauser Library auditorium
The HSC Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of Institutional Equity invite you to hear from Harriet Washington, author of several books, including "Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Experimentation from Colonial Times to the Present." Harriet Washington is a medical ethicist, and she works to deconstruct the politics around medical issues. In addition to giving historically accurate information on ‘scientific racism’, she paints a powerful and disturbing portrait of medicine, race, sex and the abuse of power. RSVP here.
Keynote: “Looking to the Future of Environmental Health Sciences”
Friday, Oct. 6th, 1pm, Kosair Charities Clinical & Translational Research Building
This year’s keynote speaker is Richard Woychik, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the National Toxicology Program since June 2020. Woychik oversees federal funding for biomedical research to discover how the environment influences human health and disease. Dr. Woychik is a molecular geneticist with a PhD in molecular biology from Case Western Reserve University and postdoctoral training with Dr. Philip Leder at Harvard Medical School. He spent almost 10 years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory rising in the ranks to become head of the Mammalian Genetics Section and then director of the Office of Functional Genomics.
Full details on the Research!Louisville website.