Evelynn M. Hammonds and Cathy J. Cohen: '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 Webinar

Register here: https://harvard.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fK4HwgysQTu00-wNczpXvg

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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 M. Hammonds

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

This week's guest is Cathy J. Cohen, the David and Mary Winton Green Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago.

Past Sessions:

April 9, 2020
Epidemics and Health Disparities in African American Communities: A Conversation with David R. Williams 
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds
Rana HogarthApril 16, 2020
The Myth of Innate Racial Differences Between White and Black People’s Bodies: Lessons From the 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: A Conversation with Rana Hogarth
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds
Jim DownsApril 23, 2020
Lessons Not Learned: Smallpox and African Americans in the 1860s: A Conversation with Jim Downs
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds
Vanessa Northington GambleApril 30, 2020
'There Wasn’t a Lot of Comfort in Those Days:' African Americans, Public Health, and the 1918 Influenza Epidemic: A Conversation with Vanessa Northington Gamble
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds
Heather Ann ThompsonMay 7, 2020
The Pandemic and Prisons: A Conversation with Heather Ann Thompson
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds


May 14, 2020
Infections and Inequalities: A Conversation with Paul Farmer
Hosted by Evelynn M. Hammonds
Webcast forthcoming


Evelynn M. HammondsEvelynn M. Hammonds is a member of the faculty in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. She was the first Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard (2005-2008).  From 2008-2013 she served as Dean of Harvard College. She holds honorary degrees from Spelman College and Bates College. Professor 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. Professor Hammonds earned a Ph.D. in the history of science from Harvard University, an S.M. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a B.E.E. in electrical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a B.S. in physics from Spelman College. In 2010 she was appointed to President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisers on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and in 2014 to the President’s Commission on Excellence in Higher Education for African Americans.  She has published articles on the history of disease, race and science, African American feminism, African-American women and the epidemic of HIV/AIDS and analyses of gender and race in science and medicine. Professor Hammonds’ current research focuses on diversity in STEM fields; the intersection of scientific, medical and socio-political concepts of race in the United States; and genetics and society. Prof. Hammonds served two terms on the Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE), the congressionally mandated oversight committee of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Prof. Hammonds was appointed to the Committee on Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine (CWSEM) of the National Academies in 2017.