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May Narrative Medicine Rounds: “Person, Place, Thing: A Conversation with Harriet A. Washington & Randy Cohen”
May 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Our May Narrative Medicine Rounds welcomes writer Harriet A. Washington, 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. In her work, she focuses on bioethics, the history of medicine, African American health issues and the intersection of medicine, ethics and culture. Harriet is the author of Medical Apartheid, the first social history of medical research with African Americans, which was chosen as one of Publishers’ Weekly Best Books of 2006.
As a writer and editor, Harriet has worked for several publications including USA Today, The New England Journal of Medicine and the Harvard Public Health Review. Harriet was also the recipient of a John S. Knight Fellowship at Stanford University. Her books include “Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present” (2008), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Non-Fiction; “Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself—And the Consequences for Your Health and Our Medical Future” (2012) and most recently, “Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We ‘Catch’ Mental Illness” (2016). Ms. Washington is currently working on a new book on the under-appreciated consequences of environmental poisoning.
For this Narrative Medicine Rounds Harriet will be interviewed by Randy Cohen, creator of the radio program, Person Place Thing, an interview show based on the idea that people are particularly engaging when they speak not directly about themselves, but about something they care about. Cohen is also a writer, whose humor pieces, essays and stories have appeared in newspapers and magazines (The New Yorker, Harpers, The Atlantic, Young Love Comics). He has won four Emmys, receiving three for his writings on the Late Show with David Letterman and one for his work on Michael Moore’s TV Nation. For twelve years he wrote “The Ethicist,” a weekly column for The New York Times Magazine. His most recent book is Be Good: How to Navigate the Ethics of Everything.