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Virtual Lecture: “Don’t Let the Lion tell the Giraffe’s Story”: How the Curation of History Hobbles Medical Ethics

October 7 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm MDT

Harriet A. Washington, MA

Evening Ethics Discussion

“Don’t Let the Lion tell the Giraffe’s Story”: How the Curation of History Hobbles Medical Ethics

Thursday, October 7, 2021
via Zoom:, Passcode: 838654


Harriet A. Washington is our 2021 Cowan Memorial Lecturer and Priscilla M. Mayden Lecturer. Harriet A. Washington is a prolific science writer, editor and ethicist who is the author of the seminal Medical  Apartheid:  The  Dark  History  of  Medical  Experimentation  on  Black  Americans  from  Colonial  Times  to  the  Present,  which  won  a  National  Book  Critics  Circle  Award,  the  PEN/Oakland  Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award and five other well-received  books,  including  A  Terrible  Thing  to  Waste:  Environmental  Racism and  its  Assault  on  the  American Mind as well as Carte Blanche: The Erosion of Informed Consent in Medical Research,  published in 2021 by Columbia Global Reports.

Washington is a Writing Fellow in Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine, has been the 2015-2016 Miriam Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute.  She has also been a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, a Visiting Fellow at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University.  She has held fellowships at Stanford University and teaches bioethics at Columbia University, where she delivered the 2020 commencement speech to Columbia’s School of Public Health graduates and won Columbia’s 2020 Mailman School of Public Health’s Public Health Leadership Award, as well as its 2020-21 Kenneth and Mamie Clark Distinguished Lecture Award.

Washington has written widely for popular publications and has been published in referenced books and journals such as Nature, JAMA, The American Journal of Public Health, The New England Journal of Medicine, the Harvard Public Health Review, Isis, and The Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics. She has been Editor of the Harvard Journal of Minority Public Health, a guest Editor of the Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics and served as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Association of Bioethics and the Humanities.

Ms. Washington has also worked as a classical-music announcer for public radio and curates a medical-film series.

There will be three opportunities to hear Harriet Washington, virtually:

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Flyer PDF: Lecture Series Program
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Oct. 7, 2021 Calendar

THURSDAY | October 7, 2021
12pm – 1pm MDT

INTERNAL MEDICINE GRAND ROUNDS: ‘A Hideous Monster of the Mind’: Medical Mythology and the Construction of ‘Blackness’
Livestream available at Internal Medicine Grand Rounds

Oct. 7, 2021 Calendar

THURSDAY | October 7, 2021
5:30pm-7pm MDT

EVENING ETHICS DISCUSSION: ‘Don’t Let the Lion tell the Giraffe’s Story’: How the Curation of History Hobbles Medical Ethics
via Zoom:, Passcode: 838654


Oct. 8, 2021 Calendar

FRIDAY | October 8, 2021
12pm-1pm MDT

MAX AND SARA COWAN MEMORIAL LECTURES & PRISCILLA M. MAYDEN ENDOWED LECTURE: “Medical Apartheid and Beautiful Lies: Repeating the Past and Breaking the Cycle”
via Zoom: Passcode: 611870

Resource: Lecture Series Program

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