Film Screening & Panel Discussion: TO BE INVISIBLE

A Look Inside the Family Policing System
Moderated by Professor Dorothy Roberts with Director Myah Overstreet
Apr 12, 2024 at - | Jon M. Huntsman Hall Rm G65

Please join the Penn Program on Race, Science, and Society (PRSS) as we host the screening of the documentary TO BE INVISIBLE, produced by journalist, filmmaker, and UC Berkeley graduate student Myah Overstreet…

Black Hospitals, White Caps: How Philadelphia’s Black Community Confronted Segregation in Healthcare

Feb 7, 2024 at - | Claire Fagin Hall, room 114

Discover the story of Mercy-Douglass Hospital, created by and for the Black community in Philadelphia. Founded in 1895, Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, and Mercy Hospital, founded in 1907, merged to form…


"Are Civil Rights Enough?"
Jan 24, 2024 at | Annenberg Center | Zellerbach Theatre3680 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19104
In-Person & Virtual

Professor Dorothy Roberts reflects on the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Professor Marcia Chatelain. 

Unveiling the Intersections of Human Rights and Child Removal from a First Nations Perspective: Family Policing and the Ongoing impact on Sovereignty in Australia

Nov 29, 2023 at | Max Kade Center: 3401 Walnut Street, Room 329-A

This talk aims to explore the profound impact of First Nations child removal, family policing, and intergenerational trauma on the sovereignty of Indigenous communities within the Australian context.


Higginbotham Memorial Lecture featuring Professor Sir Hilary Beckles

Nov 20, 2023 at | Fitts Auditorium Carey Law School

Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is Vice Chancellor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI). He is a distinguished academic, international thought leader, United Nations committee official, and global public…

Until We Are Free: Racism, Child Welfare, and the Enduring Promise of Abolition

Apr 24, 2023 at | Penn Hillel Auditorium, 2nd Floor
215 S39th Street

On Monday, April 24, Alan Dettlaff, Professor of Social Work at the University of Houston will speak on racism, child welfare, and the enduring promise of abolition. PRSS Director and author of Torn Apart,…

Provost’s Distinguished Visiting Faculty Fellow ft. Michele Goodwin

Mar 16, 2022 at | Class of 1978 Orrery PavilionRoom 602, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Talk & Reception

The Preservation of Racial Order Through Legal Transformations

Michele Goodwin
Chancellor’s Professor of Law
Founding Director…

Segregating Health Care: Establishing St. Louis’s Homer G. Phillips Hospital

Oct 16, 2019 at - | 418 Curie Boulevard, Floor 4, Room 435

PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow Ezelle Sanford recounts the social, political, economic, and professional alignments which made segregated health care and medical training possible in St. Louis, MO-based upon his…

Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age- Dorothy Roberts

Apr 5, 2019 at - | Hall of Flags, Houston Hall

PRSS Director Dorothy Roberts will give a keynote lecture for Penn Medicine's Health Equity Week. Her speech will be titled, "Mistreating Health Inequities in the Genomic Age."


Peanut Panacea: The Medical Ideas of George Washington Carver- Natalie Shibley

Feb 28, 2019 at | Center for Africana Studies, 
3401 Walnut Street, Room 329A

Natalie Shibley will discuss the health politics of George Washington Carver, including ideas about nutrition, cough medicine, and peanut oil massage.