Since the 19th century, some scientists have explained the relatively poorer health of black and indigenous peoples as a product of their innate, biological inferiority compared to whites. Yet, opponents of this theory have long argued that the health disparities are rooted in inequalities in wealth and power, not differences in genetic constitution. In his talk, Feldman will trace the history of these debates over race and health to the present, and in doing so will present original research on the connection between police violence and racial health inequities. “The events of the last few years, from Ferguson to Charlottesville, show us unambiguously that racial disparities in this country persist and that white supremacist movements are growing,” said COA professor of global environmental politics Doreen Stabinsky. “
Justin’s talk will provide important perspective on a timely issue.” Feldman is a social epidemiologist and doctoral candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His work examines the ways in which structural racism and economic inequality influence population health, particularly in regard to interpersonal and state violence. In March 2018 he begins working at NYU School of Medicine Department of Population Health as Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. The College of the Atlantic Diverse Voices Series highlights the rich tapestry of races, cultures, and viewpoints that comprise our shared human experience. Funded with a generous, anonymous grant, the COA Diverse Voices Series sponsors a broad range of speakers and events throughout the year that serve to illuminate our collective challenges and commonalities.
Feldman’s presentation is funded in part by the COA Thoreau Environmental Leaders Initiative Location: College of the Atlantic, McCormick Lecture Hall, 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor Contact John Visvader at [email protected] with questions.