Upcoming Event: Impact of COVID on Black Americans, Other People of Color

The Duke Center for Science and Justice is cohosting another upcoming  Duke Science & Society event as part of its Coronavirus Conversations series.

The virtual event is titled “Impact of COVID on Black Americans and Other People of Color” and will start at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 11. Online registration ahead of time is required. Find more information and register online here. Other cosponsors are The Samuel Dubois Cook Center on Social Equity, the Duke Center on Law, Race, and Politics and the Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy.

From the event page:

Across the country, the toll of the COVID pandemic on black and brown people has been devastating, as a disproportionate number of them are sickened, seriously injured, and killed by the virus. Conditions in the places where black and brown people tend to live, learn and work; their relative socio-economic status; the cumulative effects of racism on black and brown people (otherwise known as “weathering”); and other factors have directly contributed to this catastrophe.

Join Duke Science & Society and our panel of experts in an important discussion of why the COVID pandemic has been so calamitous for black and brown people, and what policy solutions are called for to improve the social determinants of health for their communities now and into the future.

This talk is the second in a series of Coronavirus Conversations on the intersection of race and COVID, following our August 27th  Conversation on Racial Bias in the Healthcare System & COVID Outcomes.


Keisha L. Bentley-Edwards, Ph.D.; Associate Director Of Research, Director of Health Equity Working Group at DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

Jay A. Pearson, M.P.H, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor, Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy


Thomas Williams, J.D, Law and Biosciences Fellow, Duke Initiative for Science & Society