Roberts to give Wilson Lecture April 22

Photo Credit: Dr. Samuel Kelton Roberts
by CAS Thu, 04/15/2021 - 13:15

Samuel Kelton Roberts will give the talk "Drugs, Politics, and Pariahs: Or, How to think About Race and Harm Reduction in an Opioid Epidemic" on April 22 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom.

The lecture, part of the Linda and Charles Wilson Humanities in Medicine lecture series, is free and open to the public at

Roberts will present 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, Sociomedical Sciences, and African-American Studies at Columbia University and leads the Research Cluster for Historical Study of Race, Inequality, and Health. He is the host of the public health and justice podcast, PDIS: People Doing Interesting Stuff, and currently is writing a book tentatively titled "To Enter a Society Which Doesn't Want Them: Race, Recovery, and America's Misadventures in Drug Policy."

The lecture is sponsored by the Humanities in Medicine program in the College of Arts and Sciences.