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Presented in partnership with Detroit Public Television and sponsored in part by AARP Michigan, the introduction to this virtual series explains how environmental racism can go viral.

Keynote Series Speaker: Harriet A. Washington 

Famed author of the blockbuster Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, Harriet A. Washington is a science writer, editor and ethicist who is also the author of the forthcoming book, Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Informed Consent in Medicine (2020, Columbia Global Reports); and A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind.

She has been the 2015-2016 Miriam Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute, a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, Visiting Fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. She has also held fellowships at Stanford University, teaches bioethics at Columbia University and in 2016 was elected a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. Washington was also the recipient of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 2017 “Women of Vision” Award.

Moderator: James Brown, MD

Dr. James Brown, a native of Detroit who resides in Flint, Michigan, the city poisoned by the State and suffering from genocidal water shut-offs, has practiced medicine for 20 years and has been in clinical leadership as a Medical Director for 14 years and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. He is currently owner of James Brown, MD PLC and the Medical Director at Health Collectors LLC and previously was the Medical Director at the Veterans Administration Outpatient Clinic in Warren County, Kentucky. He is increasingly treating COVID-19 patients. Dr. Brown also is the creator of the ArborLune™, a unique musical stringed instrument and a musician who performs with bands and his wife, Semaj, poet-laureate of Flint, Michigan.

remaining series schedule

Friday, July 24 at 7 PM: The State of Georgia and Genocide

Saturday, July 28 at 7 PM: COVID-19: Mental Health Challenges & Solutions

Tuesday, August 4 at 7 PM: The History of African Americans & Pandemics | Reflections of a COVID-19 Survivor

Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 PM: COVID-19: Mass Surveillance & Facial Recognition – Technologies of Oppression. In Tribute to Michigan State Representative Isaac Robinson