Thursday, April 27, 2023 - 10:30

Please join us on Zoom for the 20th Annual J. Worth Estes Lecture: “To Protect the Mother and the Baby: Black Infant Mortality in Historical Perspective,” May 2nd, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

Join historian of medicine Wangui Muigai, Ph.D., as she traces the origins of one of the most enduring health disparities in America: the racial gap in infant survival.

Drawing on a range of archival materials spanning the 19th and 20th centuries, this talk explores the varied ways Black families, health care practitioners, and government officials have aimed to ensure the survival of Black mothers and their babies. The talk will conclude by reflecting on the legacy of these local and nationwide efforts in the ongoing struggle to improve Black birth outcomes.

Dr. Muigai was named a 2022 Andrew Carnegie Fellow by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and a Class of 2025 Fellow in the Greenwall Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Program in Bioethics. In 2017, she served as the History Fellow at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in Washington, D.C. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

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