chaf_logoCritical Histories and Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence

24-25 February, 2017  |  Medical Historical Library, 333 Cedar Street, Yale University

Friday, February 24th


Politics, Pariahs, and Political Subjects; or How to Write ‘Recovery’ During Drug Prohibition

Dr. Samuel K. Roberts, Jr.

Associate Professor of History, Columbia University School of Arts & Sciences; Associate Professor of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health; Director, Institute for Research in African-American Studies (IRAAS), Columbia University

6:00-7:00 RECEPTION


Gryphon’s Pub, Graduate and Professional Students Center at Yale, 204 York Street

Saturday, February 25th

8:00-8:30 BREAKFAST

Beaumont Room, 333 Cedar Street


9:00-10:30 SESSION 1  

Danger in the Ward: African Americans and Violence in US Hospitals

Discussant: J. Corey Williams, Yale School of Medicine

Medical Uplift: African American Responses to Medical Violence

Ayah Nuriddin, Johns Hopkins University

Containing Crazy Black Women: The Myths and Realities of Violence in the Story of Louise Little 

Shelby Pumphrey, Michigan State University

Making and Destroying the City Hospital: Violence in Three Acts

Ezelle Sanford III, Princeton University

10:30-10:45 COFFEE BREAK

10:45-12:15 SESSION 2

Power, Politics, and Subjectivity in Professional Practice

Discussant: Sakena Abedin, Yale University

Opening Pandora’s Box: The Implications of Racialized Therapeutic Landscapes in Psychiatry. The Case of the Black Focus Unit at UCSF

Elodie Grossi, University of California-Los Angeles

For the Peoples’ Health: The Health Activism of the Young Lords Party, White Lightning, and New York City’s Radical Hospital Workers, 1969-1978

Carlos Martinez, University of California-San Francisco / University of California-Berkeley

Bodies Unbound: Decolonizing Archives and Practices in Histories of Science and Environment

Mary X. Mitchell, Cornell University

12:15-1:15 LUNCH

Discussion Session: Deploying Scholarship as Activism

Beaumont Room, 333 Cedar Street

Facilitators: Robert Rock, Yale School of Medicine; Nientara Anderson, Yale School of Medicine; Jennifer Tsai, Brown University; Amanda Hall, Yale University; Viet Trinh, Yale University; Maya Sandler, Yale University

1:45-3:15 SESSION 3

Medical Ethics in 20th-Century Latin America: Human Subject Experimentation, Forced Sterilization, and Cold War Torture

Discussant: Naomi Rogers, Yale University

The Mismeasure of Woman: Comparative Pelvimetry, a Racialized Medical Epistemology in Mexico

Elizabeth O’Brien, University of Texas-Austin

Beyond the Shadow of Tuskegee: Interpreting Bodily Harm in the STI Experiments in Guatemala

Lydia Crafts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In the Name of National Security: Doctors and Repression under Military Brazil

Eyal Weinberg, University of Texas-Austin

3:15-3:30 COFFEE BREAK

3:30-5:00 SESSION 4

Community Based Participatory Research: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Before the roundtable, explore these resources:

Making Research Work for Your Community resource guide

“‘We Just Kept Walking Towards It’ The Girls’ Experience with Violence Project”

Resources for Community-Based Participatory Research

10 Years of Making a Difference: A Journey in CBPR

Roundtable: Alicia Agnoli, Yale School of Medicine; Courtney McMickens, Yale School of Medicine; Natasha Ray, New Haven Healthy Start / Yale School of Medicine; Barbara Tinney, New Haven Family Alliance / Southern Connecticut State University; Elizabeth Samuels, Yale School of Medicine

5:00-6:30 SESSION 5

Critiquing, Reimagining, and Reclaiming Scientific Institutions

Chair: Joanna Radin, Yale University

The Enslaved Foundations of Yale’s Scientific Institutions: Benjamin Silliman, Chemistry, and the Natural History Collection at Yale, 1800-1840

Eric Herschthal, Columbia University / University of Pennsylvania

Decolonizing Science By Reconstructing Observers

Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, University of Washington-Seattle

Klamath Connections: creating cultural awareness in the next generation of STEM professionals through interdisciplinary study and community partnerships

Amy Sprowles & Kerri J. Malloy, Humboldt State University

Eugenics, Feminism and Lynching

Myrna Perez Sheldon, Ohio University


Progam is subject to change. Download a pdf here.

“Critical Histories, Activist Futures: Science, Medicine, and Racial Violence” is generously supported by the Dean’s Fund for Research Workshops, Seminars and Colloquia; the Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity; the Program in the History of Science and Medicine; the Franke Program in Science and the Humanities; the Section for the History of Medicine; and the Office of the FAS Dean and the Deputy Dean for Diversity and Faculty Development.