Cooper Owens talks medical racism in new Faculty 101

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Cooper Owens talks medical racism in new Faculty 101

Deirdre Cooper Owens Faculty 101

Welcome to Faculty 101, a podcast that offers a listen into the pursuits and perspectives of Husker faculty.

Listen: Faculty 101 with Deirdre Cooper Owens

With the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting normal routines and shifting so many personnel and activities off campus, host Mary Jane Bruce has adapted the podcast with a temporary spinoff named Faculty 101: Five Things. True to its name, each episode will ask a faculty member to address five aspects or questions related to a specific topic.

For this episode, Bruce spoke with Deirdre Cooper Owens, Charles and Linda Wilson Professor in the History of Medicine and director of the Humanities in Medicine program. Cooper Owens describes her work interrogating medical racism — especially the experimentation on enslaved Black women — and how she approaches teaching students during grand rounds in medical schools and in her history classes here on campus. Cooper Owens also explains how structural and medical racism are making the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately worse for communities of color.

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