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Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology Spring 2022 Lecture Series

Friday, April 8 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Cecil H. Green Hall (GR), 4.428
800 W. Campbell Road, Richardson, Texas 75080-3021

Adolph Reed, Ph.D.
University of Pennsylvania

Making Sense of Race: What It Is and Isn't, What It Means and Doesn't, and Its Implications for Medical and Public Health Practice

Race is a powerful folk notion in our society. Folk knowledge is what we know to be true because we know it to be true. Race's power as such a notion consistently undercuts the implications of the reality that it is not a natural category at all. As a result, we remain vulnerable to periodic recrudescences of potentially dangerous racialist thinking in medicine, public health, and elsewhere, as most recently, for example, in facile discussions of "racial" disparities in the impact of COVID-19. It is important for us to demystify these racialist discourses and their conceptual underpinnings.


Adolph Reed is a Professor Emeritus at Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Reed's research interests include American and Afro-American politics and political thought; urban politics, and American political development.

This event will be live-streamed on the Center's YouTube channel at Tune in at 12:00 pm on Friday, April 8, 2022.

Persons with disabilities may submit a request for accommodations to participate in this event at UT Dallas' ADA website. You may also call (972) 883-5331 for assistance or send an email to All requests should be received no later than 10 business days prior to the event.

Event Type

Lectures & Workshops

Target Audience

Undergraduate Students, Faculty & Staff, General Public, Graduate Students, International Students


Research, Science & Technology



Arts & Humanities, The Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology
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Magdalena Grohman
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