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DMU’s Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. /Black History Month Celebration

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You are invited to help Des Moines University remember Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and celebrate Black History Month.  On Jan. 27. 2010, Author Harriet Washington will speak about the tragedy of medical experimentation on African Americans that occurred throughout our country's history, including The Tuskegee Experiment.  Only when we understand the past – both good and bad – can the medical profession better serve patients today.   


Speaker: Harriet A. Washington

Title: Medical Apartheid

When: Wed., Jan. 27, 2010, from 12 to 1 p.m.

Where:  Des Moines University, Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa


The event is free and open to the public.  Come and join DMU in celebration and remembrance!  For inquiries, contact Karen Crosby at (515) 271-1374 or Karen.Crosby@dmu.edu; or Misty Huacuja-LaPointe at (515) 271-1709 or Misty.Huacuja-LaPointe@dmu.edu.


Author Harriet Washington is the author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present.  She documents numerous examples of medical experimentation from slavery to the present.  In her talks, Washington also discusses the consequences of long-term experimentation and how it may continue to resonate into the future. 


Harriet A. Washington has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School, a fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. As a journalist and editor, she has worked for USA Today and several other publications, been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University and has written for such academic forums as the Harvard Public Health Review and The New England Journal of Medicine. She is the recipient of several prestigious awards for her work.  She has also won the following awards:  2007 nonfiction award from the National Book Critics Circle and from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, A PEN/Oakland Award, The 2007 Gustavus Myers Award.


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