Humanities in Medicine sponsors visiting speakers who are prominent in medical humanities fields, including history, literature and ethics. All students, faculty, staff and members of the community are welcome to attend these events. Other events, such as social gatherings, offer HMED students opportunities to get to know each other and affiliated faculty.

2020 Linda and Charles Wilson Humanities in Medicine Lecture

CANCELED: Drugs, Politics, and Pariahs: Or, How to Think About Race and Harm Reduction in an Opioid Epidemic

Samuel Kelton Roberts, PhD

Dr. Roberts presents a history of race and the current opioid crisis, also stopping to offer thoughts about how harm reduction can and should be infused with racial and economic justice agendas.

Roberts is Associate Professor of History and Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University, where he leads the Research Cluster for Historical Study of Race, Inequality, and Health. Roberts hosts the public health and justice podcast PDIS: People Doing Interesting Stuff and is writing a book tentatively titled "To Enter a Society Which Doesn’t Want Them": Race, Recovery, and America’s Misadventures in Drug Policy.

Samuel Kelton Roberts

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