Prelude to COVID-19: Lessons from the Epidemic of HIV/AIDS for the Current Pandemic in African American Communities


Thursday, May 21, 2020, 4:00pm


Zoom will be emailed to registered guests

The Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research is pleased to sponsor a series of conversations:

Epidemics and African American Communities from 1793 to the Present

Hosted by Professor Evelynn Hammonds

Leading scholars in public health, the history of medicine and African American Studies will join Prof. Hammonds in conversations about the historical and contemporary impact of epidemic diseases on African American communities in the United States.

Our seventh event:

“Prelude to COVID-19: Lessons from the Epidemic of HIV/AIDS for the Current Pandemic in African American Communities”

A Conversation with Cathy J. Cohen will be held on Thursday May 21, 2020 at 4:00pm EDT via Zoom.  

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Evelynn Hammonds is the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science, Chair of the Department of the History of Science and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University.  Prof. Hammonds is the Director of the Project on Race & Gender in Science & Medicine at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. 

Cathy J. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor in the College and the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago.  She formerly served as chair of the Department of Political Science, Director of the Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture, and Deputy Provost for Graduate Education at the University of Chicago. Cohen’s first academic position was at Yale University where she was the first African American woman to receive tenure in the social sciences. Cohen is the author of two books, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (University of Chicago Press) and Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (Oxford University Press). She is also co-editor of the anthology Women Transforming Politics: An Alternative Reader (NYU Press) Cohen is the co-editor of a book series with Frederick Harris at Oxford University Press, entitled “Transgressing Boundaries: Studies in Black Politics and Black Communities.” She founded and directs two public-facing research projects—the GenForward Survey Project and the Black Youth Project. Cohen is the recipient of numerous awards, including her election to the American Academy of Arts and Science. currently sits on the boards of the Russell Sage Foundation and the Field Foundation.

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