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Opening Plenary: 2021 Lapidus Center Conference: Pandemic Legacies

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Pandemic Legacies: Health, Healing, and Medicine in the Age of Slavery and Beyond, October 6-8, 2021

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The virtual 2021 Lapidus Center Conference will explore a variety of critical issues in the history of health, healing, and medicine in the age of Atlantic slavery via a combination of keynote conversations and panel sessions.

Just as the slave trade tied together the cultures and populations of four continents, it also wed together distinctive disease ecologies. The lack of local populations with exploitable labor in the Americas compelled an increase in the volume of Africans that Europeans forced into the transatlantic slave trade, setting the stage for epidemic diseases and other health issues that shaped the cultural, social, and material life of Atlantic slavery. Genocidal warfare and the destructive effects of Eurasian African epidemic diseases caused the near decimation of Indigenous populations. Yellow fever, a virus native to tropical West Africa, became a common scourge to American ports. Doctors theorizing about the virus developed racial stereotypes that posited that people of African descent were inherently immune to the virus, setting the stage for a range of healthcare disparities that reverberate today.

This fully VIRTUAL conference will run October 6-8, 2021. This ticket is for the conference's OPENING PLENARY (Wednesday, October 6).

Please register for each day you would like to attend.

Day Two, Thursday, October 7

Day Three, Friday, October 8

View full conference schedule as of Sept. 16, 2021

SCHEDULE FOR WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 6

Welcome and Opening Plenary

6-6:30 PM | Welcome from Michelle D. Commander, Associate Director and Curator of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery and Joy Bivins, Director of the Schomburg Center

6:30-8 PM | “Covid-19 and the Ghosts of Eugenics Past”

William Horne, Villanova University

Kathleen Brian, Western Washington University

Ayah Nuriddin, Princeton University

Moderator: Rana A. Hogarth, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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VIRTUAL PROGRAM | This conference will be streamed on Zoom. You must register with your email address in order to receive the link to participate. Please check your email shortly before the discussion to receive the link.

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Organizer Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

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Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the world's leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. From the original 10,000 items provided by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg to the over 10 million items in the collection today, the Schomburg Center features diverse progamming and lifelong education and exploration that illuminate the richness of global black history, arts and culture.

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