Lecture: Tuskegee Syphilis Study

November 7, 2013

Time: 6:45 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

Location: Student Center Fountain Lounge


The Tuskegee Syphilis Study was one of the most horrific episodes in the history of American health care and clinical research. For too many African Americans it continues to shape their decision-making regarding participation in the health care system generally, and in clinical trials specifically. Given the opportunities clinical trials offer for access to advanced health care, this is a problem in search of any number of solutions, including those that are culturally-derived.

UDM's Interim Director for African American Studies Terri Laws will present the lecture, "Tuskegee Syphilis Study as 'Sacred Rhetoric?'," which explores the merits of "reorienting" the narrative and effects of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study using Gordon Lynch's concept of 'sacred rhetoric' through the culturally-subjective appropriation of symbols. Such a reorientation is proposed as part of a larger, emerging intellectual agenda through which scholars of African American Religions assert themselves and their work into the task and the discourse of reducing health disparities.

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Contact: Terri Laws, African American Studies Dept.
Phone: 313-578-0404