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The Cognitive Costs of Environmental Racism: Myth, Science and Myopia

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Please join the University of Michigan MLK Health Sciences Committee and the Institute for Social Research as we host author and ethicist Harriet A. Washington on March 11 for a presentation and discussion on her book "A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and its Assault on the American Mind." 

Harriet A. Washington has been the Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute, a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. She is the author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious Madness, and Medical Apartheid, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award.  

Does the dose make the poison? Are US patterns of environmental toxicity driven by socioeconomics or race? Are hereditarian scientists correct in ascribing intelligence to racial genetics? How have our habitual modes of thought blinded us to the true nature of environmental toxicity, and what challenges face public health practitioners as they assess the roles of industry, science and government?

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