Saturday, January 28, 2012

February 2, Thursday, 6:30 pm 
Author Appearance/Book Signing/Refreshments
Fatal Invention

Dorothy Roberts
author of 
Fatal Invention:
How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-Create Race in the Twenty-first Century 

Fatal Invention is a major new work on the frontier of race and bioethics. A decade after the Human Genome Project proved that human beings are not naturally divided by race, it documents the rise of a new racial politics that relies on supposedly cutting edge genetic science to resuscitate race as a biological category written in our genes. Robert's sounds the alarm about how this obscures deepening racial inequities in today's "post-racial society" with dangerous implications in the fields of medicine, social programs, and surveillance and control.  
"An eye-opening, urgent, and ultimately inspiring expose of the new racial science. Essential reading."  -Danny Glover  

Dorothy Roberts is the Kirkland & Ellis Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and author of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty.  

February 16, Thursday, 7:00 pm
Author Appearance/Book Signing/RefreshmentsCounty

David Ansell, MD  
author of
COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago's Public Hospital   
Dr. David Ansell writes of the hundreds of doctors who went through the rigorous training process with him, sharing his vision of saving the world and of resurrecting a hospital on the verge of closing. COUNTY is about people, from Ansell's mentors, including the legendary Quentin Young, to the multitude of patients whom he and County's medical staff labored to diagnose and heal. It is a story about politics, from contentious union strikes to battles against "patient dumping", and public health, depicting the AIDS crisis and the opening of County's HIV/AIDS clinic, the first in the city. Finally, it is about a young man's medical education in urban America, a coming-of-age story set against a backdrop of race, segregation and poverty.

Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center, Dr.Ansell has dedicated his career to fighting health inequity by building programs to address and eliminate these disparities. 

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