Thomas Jefferson University

Diversity Lectures

Confronting Racism, Bias & Social Injustice in Healthcare Series

Racism, bias and social injustice are topics that contribute to the health disparities seen in a variety of patient groups. This lecture series, sponsored by the Office of the Dean, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, is aimed at addressing these issues and beginning the conversations needed to remove barriers to optimum patient care. Please join us for these thought-provoking talks.

Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Era

April 24, 2018
Connelly Auditorium, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Ms. Roberts, an acclaimed scholar of race, gender and the law, joined the University of Pennsylvania as its 14th Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Sociology and the Law School where she also holds the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mosell Alexander chair. Her pathbreaking work in law and public policy focuses on urgent contemporary issues in health, social justice, and bioethics, especially as they impact the lives of women, children and African-Americans. Her major books include Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century (New Press, 2011); Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books, 2002), and Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Pantheon, 1997). She is the author of more than 100 scholarly articles and book chapters, as well as a co-editor of six books on such topics as constitutional law and women and the law.

Dorothy Roberts, JD

Dorothy Roberts, JD
The George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology
The Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights
Professor of Africana Studies and
Director, Program on Race, Science
and Society, University of

An Introduction to Medical Racism

March 2018
Connelly Auditorium, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Hoberman is a social, cultural and medical historian who has researched and published extensively in the fields of sports studies, race studies, human enhancements, medical history, and globalization studies. He is the author of the book, Black & Blue: the Origin and Consequences of Medical Racism and teaches the course "Race and Medicine in America" for the University of Texas Dell School of Medicine. He has lectured at many medical schools and other medical institutions on this topic.

He is the author of Sport and Political Ideology (1984), The Olympic Crisis: Sport, Politics, and the Moral Order (1986), Mortal Engines: The Science of Performance and the Dehumanization of Sport (1992), Darwin’s Athletes: How Sport Has Damaged Black America and Preserved the Myth of Race (1997), Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping ((2005), and Age of Globalization, the text of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) broadcast on the edX global platform during 2013 and 2014 and published online by the University of Texas Press in January 2014. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street JournalForeign PolicyThe Nation, The Wilson QuarterlySocietyScientific AmericanThe National (Canada), and Der Spiegel (Germany). Interviews with Prof. Hoberman have appeared in Norwegian, Swedish, French and German publications. Interviews on media outlets include all of the national networks: PBS, ABC. NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC (Australia), CBC (Canada), and BBC (UK)


John Hoberman, PhD
Professor of Germanic Studies,
College of Liberal Arts
University of Texas at Austin

Punching Ideological Extremism in the Face: A Neuroscience-based Approach to Bridging the Partisan Divide

November 16, 2017
Connelly Auditorium, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Bruneau is a research scientist at the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently a research associate and lecturer at the Annenberg School for Communication. Prior to his formal training in neuroscience, he worked, traveled, and lived in a number of conflict regions: South Africa during the transition from Apartheid to Democracy, Sri Lanka during one of the largest Tamil Tiger strikes in that nation's history, Ireland during "The Troubles," Israel/Palestine around the Second Intifada.

He is now working to bring the tools of science to bear on the problem of intergroup conflict by (1) building methods to better characterize the (often unconscious) cognitive biases that drive conflict using explicit, implicit and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) techniques, and (2) critically evaluating efforts aimed at transcending these biases. These efforts have focused on three psychological processes relevant to intergroup conflict: empathy, dehumanization, and motivated reasoning, and involve target groups that are embroiled in intractable conflict (e.g., Israelis and Palestinians), or subject to extreme hostility (e.g., Muslims in the U.S., the Roma in Europe).


Emile Bruneau, PhD
Visiting Professor,
Annenberg School of Communication
University of Pennsylvania
Research Scientist,
Brain and Cognitive Sciences MIT

Black Man in a White Coat - A Doctor's Reflection on Race & Medicine

September 12, 2017
Connelly Auditorium, Noon - 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Dr. Damon Tweedy is author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, selected by TIME Magazine as one of the Top 10 Non-Fiction books of 2015.  In this book, Dr. Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors as well as the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients. He also offers guidance on better treatment and more compassionate care of this patient population.

For the last several years, Dr. Tweedy has written and lectured on the intersection of race and medicine, publishing articles in the New York TimesWashington Post, JAMA and Annals of Internal Medicine.

 Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He completed both his medical internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital. He is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham VA Medical Center.


Damon Tweedy, MD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine