MLK CelebrationJanuary 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Time: January 17, 2022 at 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration is Monday, January 17. This year, it will focus on the history of race and racism in science and medicine. As Dr. King said, "Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in healthcare is the most shocking and inhumane.”

The Gustavus community will be joined virtually by Dr. Carolyn Roberts. As a professor at Yale University, Roberts' teaching blends history with medical sociology and public health to explore present-day crises related to race, racism, and health. Roberts is a dynamic speaker whose interests involve medicine as it relates to the Atlantic slave trade playing a critical role in modern medicine.

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MLK Memorial Lecture 
10-11:20 a.m.
Historical Roots of Racism in Science and Medicine
This talk offers critical historical perspectives to current problems of race and racism in science and medicine.
Watch the livestream webinar. 

Lunchtime Facilitated Discussions
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join the Students Discussion
Join the Faculty/Staff Discussion
Grab your lunch and join a virtual discussion to reflect on Dr. Roberts lecture. Dr. Roberts will not be a part of these discussions.

Student Breakout with Dr. Roberts
2:30-3:20 p.m.
Healthcare Ethics: For Future Providers, Researchers, and Administrators
An informal Q & A session, especially for students interested in any aspect of healthcare or research.
Join the Zoom breakout session with Dr. Roberts.

Faculty Breakout with Dr. Roberts
3:30-5 p.m.
How Design of STEM Curriculum Can Advance Inclusion
An informal Q & A session open to all faculty. 
Join the Zoom breakout session with Dr. Roberts. 

Gustavus Class Modification Schedule
Classes that normally meet at or after 10:30 a.m. will start (and end) one hour later than they normally would. Thus, classes that begin at 10:30 a.m. will start at 11:30 a.m., classes beginning at 11:30 a.m. will begin at 12:30 p.m., and so on.

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