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2015 Gender, Health & the South Symposium at Wake Forest University

April 16, 2015 - April 17, 2015

On April 16 and 17, join the Anna Julia Cooper Center at Wake Forest University and the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University for a day and a half symposium in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The symposium will bring together activists, scholars, and students to present original research and raise questions at the intersection of gender, race, region, and health. A full itinerary for the symposium will be available soon.

Symposium keynote speakers:

Melissa Harris-PerryMelissa Harris-Perry is the Presidential Endowed Chair in Politics and International Affairs at Wake Forest University. There she is the Executive Director of the Pro Humanitate Institute and founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South. She is the host of “Melissa Harris-Perry” which broadcasts live on MSNBC on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 AM to Noon. She is the author of the the award-winning Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, and Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America. Harris-Perry received her B.A. degree in English from Wake Forest University in 1994 and her Ph.D. degree in political science from Duke University in 1999.

Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhDJonathan Metzl is the Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his MD from the University of Missouri, MA in humanities/poetics and Psychiatric internship/residency from Stanford University, and PhD in American Culture from University of Michigan, A 2008 Guggenheim fellow, Professor Metzl has written extensively for medical, psychiatric, and popular publications. His books include The Protest Psychosis, Prozac on the Couch, and Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality.

The symposium will include panels discussing…

  • Social Foundations of Health
  • HIV, Sexuality & Health Care
  • Health Impact of Gendered Attitudes, Narratives and Labor Conditions
  • Pregnancy and Reproductive Justice
  • Community Based Health Initiatives
  • Equitable Health Care: In Practice


April 16, 2015
April 17, 2015
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