Posted on February 13, 2017, BY Matthew Beltz

Award-winning medical writer and editor Harriet Washington will talk about the dark history of medical experimentation at Bucknell University on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre inside the Elaine Langone Center. The talk is free and open to the public and is part of the Griot Institute's The Black Body (Re)Considered spring lecture series.

Washington's talk is titled "The Black Body and Medicine," and she will discuss the history of the forcible appropriation, exploitation, injury and subjection of Africans' bodies to indignities for the furtherance of medical and political agendas that did not benefit them from the 17th century to present day. She will then illustrate these realities with past and present dynamics in the realm of medical experimentation and how they threaten our welfare.

Washington is the author of the best-selling book Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present. Her research and work focus on bioethics, history of medicine, African-American health issues and the intersection of medicine, ethics and culture.

The Black Body (Re)Considered series is intended to engage the campus community and beyond in an extended conversation about the black body from multiple disciplinary perspectives. It is rooted in questions about the intersections of identity, race, gender, sexuality, historical context and agency, particularly as they concern representations and realities of the black body as impacted by racism, as well as aesthetic, economic, sociological and psychological inequalities. This conversation is particularly critical in light of the crises of the present moment, which are linked to and inextricable derive from the realities of the past.

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