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Better Together: Reflections on Medicine, Racism, and Society

February 15th @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Better Together: Reflections on Medicine, Racism, and Society
Community Dialogue with Lundy Braun

“The codification of race and racism in medicine: a history of race-based algorithms in the field of pulmonology”

Wednesday, February 15, 2023 | 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Speaker: Lundy Braun, PhD
Departments of Africana Studies and Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and Science and Technology Program
Brown University

Lundy Braun is a Professor of Africana Studies and a member of the Science, Technology, and Society Program at Brown University and a Professor of Medical Science, Alpert Medical School. She received her Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she studied human papillomavirus infection. Her current research analyzes the history of science in the production of racialized medical knowledge and racial hierarchies in the context of imperialism, genetics, and public health. Braun co-directs an interdisciplinary Research Cluster on Race, Medicine, and Social Justice at the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, which has been ongoing for the past six years. Her book Breathing Race into the Machine: The Surprising Career of the Spirometer from Plantation to Genetics won the Ludwig Fleck Award 4S Society, 2018 and Honorable Mention for the Rachel Carson Prize in 2017 from the 4S Society.

This event is jointly sponsored by Harvard Medical School’s Office of Diversity Inclusion & Community Partnership, Center for the History of Medicine, and Department of Global Health & Social Medicine, as well as the following Harvard- affiliated hospitals: Boston Children’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Massachusetts General Hospital.

Harvard University welcomes individuals with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you would like to request accommodations or have questions about the event, please contact Susan Legere at
susan_legere@hms.harvard.edu in advance of your participation.


Date: February 15th
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Calendars: Public Events, School-wide Events, University-wide Events
Event types: Lectures / Seminars / Forums