• "In an effort to amplify the messages of the protests [following the death of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, among countless others] Penn Arts & Sciences presents a special series: What Happens to a Dream Deferred? 60-Second Lectures on Racial Injustice. This set of short talks spotlights the history and contemporary manifestations of racism in the U.S., Black lives and culture, and the range of factors that have contributed to this moment."


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  • The Penn Museum has announced that it will remove the Morton Cranial Collection from public view, though it will still be accessible to researchers.  The collection was established by Samuel George Morton a 19th-century scientist, Penn alumnus and Professor, who promoted racial science by studying skull sizes.  The collection contains the remains of enslaved people from Cuba and the United States.  Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery Project (PMAS) Affiliate Graduate S

  • Penn Law Professor and PRSS director, Dorothy Roberts's book, Fatal Invention, was recently featured on NBC News. 


  • Current PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley and former PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow Garry Bertholf will begin teaching at Wesleyan University in the fall. Shibley will be a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Science in Society Program and will teach courses on the history of science, medicine, and technology. Bertholf, who was hired last year but has been on leave as a Visiting Faculty Fellow at Duke University, will be an Assistant Professor in the African-American Studies Department.

  • PRSS Working Group Member Professor Susan Lindee has published an essay in Made by History, the history blog of the Washington Post. She calls for a government mobilization of science, similar to the investment in science during World War II, as a way to find solutions to the COVID-19 crisis. You can read her essay here.

  • In November, PRSS Director Dorothy Roberts' article, "Abolition Constitutionalism," was published as the Foreword to the Harvard Law Review. You can read more about the article here and can read the article itself here.

  • Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery Affiliate Fellow Paul Wolff Mitchell has been awarded The Provost’s Graduate Academic Engagement fellowship.  Mitchell has been featured in Penn Today.  Read more here.

  • PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow, and "Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery" (PMAS) Project Manager, Ezelle Sanford III has published an essay in the February 2020 issue of National Geographic. The essay, titled "Black Inventors: A Broader View"  reminds readers to humanize the figures that we revere during Black History Month.  For those who are interested, Sanford has also posted sources and further reading here.  The essay can be accessed

  • PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley presented her research on the history of HIV criminalization in the U.S. military justice system at the 134th Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, held January 3-6, 2020 in New York City. Shibley's presentation discussed how military courts gradually developed a requirement for seropositive servicemembers to obtain "informed consent" from their sexual partners. The panel, titled "Policing and Criminalizing AIDS," was one of three sessions at the AHA conference to focus on the history of HIV/AIDS. 

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley has won an Early Career Scholar Fellowship from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation. The Cromwell Foundation typically awards five to ten of these prestigious fellowships each year, based on recommendations from the American Society for Legal History. Shibley will use the fellowship for further research for her manuscript on race, homosexuality investigations, and the military justice system in the 1940s to 1990s.