What Am I Thinking About Now Seminar Series

Lundy Braun, "'Race correction' and Medicine: Why does it matter?"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303, 80 Brown Street

What I Am Thinking About Now: Professor Lundy Braun (Medical Science, Africana Studies)

The spirometer is a medical device that measures lung function.  The "correction" of these measurements for race is a routine practice in medical diagnosis of lung disease.  In this workshop Braun will discuss the history of this practice, its applications, and why it is problematic.  

Brenda Marie Osbey, "New Orleans Traditional Religion: Mourning, Redemption, Restoration"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303, 80 Brown Street

What I Am Thinking About Now: Professor Brenda Marie Osbey (Africana Studies)

In this presentation, Professor Osbey explores the ways in which New Orleans Traditional Religion provides and promotes healing, and whether it is possible or desirable to apply traditional healing to contemporary experience in the City. 

Matthew Guterl, "Josephine Baker and the Radical Imagination"

CSREA Conference Room, Hillel 303, 80 Brown Street

What I Am Thinking About Now: Professor Matthew Guterl (American Studies, Africana Studies)

In the midst of the Cold War, Josephine Baker was not your typical radical. She lived in a castle. She wore the best clothes.  She operated a Disney-esque theme park. And she adopted a mixed race family.  So what, Guterl has been asking, is so radical about that?  And what does this story matter today?

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