“Deadliest Disease in America” What Racism Looks Like in Health Care Delivery

In Public Programs on April 25, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , , , , ,

URU, The Right To Be, Inc in collaboration with Health Challenges for the 21 St Century: The Global and National Landscape Presents

The Deadliest Disease

Friday April 30, 4:30-7:30pm The New School Room 407 66 West 12th Street, New York NY 10011
The “Deadliest Disease in America” explores what racism looks like in health care delivery, capturing the many voices demanding access and quality care. The film is part of an educational program that includes facilitated workshops structured to encourage dialogue among a diverse group of health care providers, patients, policy-makers and health care advocates.
Refreshments and Snacks Will be Served

Participants Include: filmmaker, Crystal Emery; workshop facilitators Dr. Aletha Maybank,. M.D. MPH, Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Director of the Brooklyn District Public Health Office; Dr. Kelson J. Ettienne-Modest, M.D., health care consultant and former Health Educator for Hartford Public Schools; and Michelle Materre, Department of Media Studies and Film, The New School.  For detailed description of other health events this spring please visit and click on “calendar.”

Sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Science Program and the Race and Ethnicity Studies Program of Eugene Lang College,  the Department of
Media Studies and Film,  The New School,  and The Provost Office.



Peniel Joseph: “Barack Obama & The Black Power Legacy”

In Public Programs on April 21, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , ,

On Monday April 26th at 4pm. Eugene Lang College’s History Department welcomes historian Peniel Joseph, author of the award winning book Waiting ‘Til The Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America. Professor Joseph’s presentation will explore the subject of his latest book Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama. This presentation will be held in Wollman Hall 65 West 11 Street, 5th Floor.


Andra Gillespie: “The Better Half: Race, Policy and Michelle Obama’s Influence in the Obama Administration”

In Uncategorized on March 29, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , ,

Andra Gillespie, Assistant Professor, Political Science,
Emory University

When:       Wednesday March 31st, 12:10 – 1:30 pm

Where:      Henry Cohen Conference room, 3rd floor, 72 Fifth Avenue

Seminar:    “The Better Half:  Race, Policy and Michelle Obama’s Influence in the  Obama Administration”

Speaker Brief Bio:
Andra Gillespie is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Emory University, She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government & Foreign Affairs and African American Studies from the University of Virginia, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She went on to earn a Master of Arts in African American Studies and a Master of Philosophy in Political Science from Yale University, where she also earned her doctorate.  She worked as an analyst for Democratic pollster Mark Mellman.  In that capacity, she contributed to the political analysis for clients such as 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry, New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, Georgia Congressmen John Barrow and Jim Marshall, and the National Education Association.

Dr. Gillespie’s current research focuses on the political leadership of the post-civil rights generation. She is the editor of the recently released Whose Black Politics? Cases in Post-Racial Black Leadership (Routledge, 2010).  She is also under contract for a book manuscript on municipal politics in Newark, New Jersey, tentatively titled Newark and the Clash of Two Black Americas: Race, Class and the Breakdown of Linked Fate, 2002-2008.

Many people concluded that Michelle Obama conferred a sense of racial authenticity to Barack Obama during the 2008 campaign and that her presence served to reassure black voters in particular. Despite the presence of Mrs. Obama in the White House, questions remain about whether Obama, who clearly used a deracialized political strategy to get elected, can deliver on policy initiatives of particular interest to black voters. In this paper, I argue that in the first year of the Obama Administration, Obama targeted few policy initiatives toward blacks. In addition, he also offered very little in the way of symbolic gestures. However, I hypothesize that Mrs. Obama engages in more substantive gestures toward blacks, freeing her husband from having to take stands on racial issues


Health Challenges for the 21st Century: Bad Sugar

In Public Programs on March 19, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,

The documentary Bad Sugar addresses this vexing question: What happened to the health of the Pima? Along with The Tohono O’odham Indians of southern Arizona, the Pima have arguably the highest diabetes rates in the world – half of all adults are afflicted. But a century ago, diabetes was virtually unknown in their community. Researchers have poked and prodded the Pima for decades in search of a sociological – or more recently, genetic – explanation for their high rates of disease.   Speakers at this event will relate the experiences of the Pima to the current diabetes epidemic in New York City and address efforts currently underway attempting to curtail its proliferation in New York. Participants include: Kimberly Libman, Faculty Food Studies, The New School for General Studies; Rachel Knopf,. Health Educator, The New School; and Lorraine Mongiello, Project Director for the CUNY Campaign Against Diabetes.


Public Health Challenges for the 21st Century: Film and Panel Series

In Uncategorized on March 13, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , , , , ,

This monthly film and panel series is an extension of the Fall 2009 focus on health disparities. The series begins on February 22, with “Sante: Crisis in Haiti”, which describes health infrastructure in Haiti, the consequences of its collapse, and the efforts of community-based organizations to bring health to the people.

The series continues on:

* March 23 with “Bad Sugar”, which describes the social and biological determinants of diabetes in rural and urban marginalized environments that include NYC and the Pima Native American Reservation

* April 30 with “The Deadliest Disease in America”, which examines the issues of disparities in the U.S. healthcare system based on race using a film screening and workshop model

* May 21 with New School Honorary Degree Recipient Rita Colwell, “Invisible Seas” and “Coming Clean on Sanitation” which demonstrate the need for an interdisciplinary approach to providing clean water through sustainable and appropriate practices for resource poor environments and to prevent the spread of cholera.

These events are co-sponsored by the following programs and departments: Media and Film Studies, Food Studies, and the Graduate Program in International Affairs at The New School for General Studies; Race and Ethnicity Studies, Interdisciplinary Science, and Office of the Dean at Eugene Lang College; Health Education, New School Health Services; and the Office of the Provost.

A full description of each event can be found at the Lang Bio-Health Scoiety website.


Stacey Ann Chin: The Other Side of Paradise

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , ,

The New School Celebrates Women’s History Month with Staceyann Chin: A reading from her new book, The Other Side of Paradise

March 11, 6:00 pm
Wollman Hall
65 West 11th Street, 5th Floor

Staceyann Chin is a fulltime writer and activist. Recipient of the 2007 Power of the Voice Award from The Human Rights Campaign, the 2008 Safe Haven Award from Immigration Equality, the 2008 Honors from the Lesbian AIDS Project, and the 2009 New York State Senate Award, she identifies as Caribbean and Black, Asian and lesbian, woman and resident of New York City.  Chin was a stock feature on the Peabody Award winning HBO series, Def Poetry Jam. She went on to co-write and perform as one of the original cast members of the ground-breaking, critically acclaimed, Tony Award winning Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.  Chin is the author of the memoir, The Other Side of Paradise, published by Scribner. Simon and Schuster, Inc.  Join us for a reading by Chin from this new groundbreaking work.

Co-Sponsored by Eugene Lang College The New School for Liberal Arts, Office of the Dean, The Office of Intercultural Support and the Office of International Student Services.
Free and open to all.  Please rsvp to


Putting the Torch to Colorblindness: Race, Riots, and the Limits of Universalism in France and the United States

In Public Programs on March 4, 2010 by Ferentz Lafargue Tagged: , , , , , , ,

The HISTORY IN MOTION speaker series presents Thomas Sugrue, professor of History and Sociology at University of Pennsylvania, who will give a talk entitled “Putting the Torch to Colorblindness: Race, Riots, and the Limits of Universalism in France and the United States.”

Dr. Sugrue is David Boies Professor of History and Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania and focuses on 20th-century American politics, urban history, civil rights, and race. His first book, The Origin of the Urban Crisis (Princeton, 1996), won the Bancroft Prize in American History and the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award. In 2005, Princeton University Press selected it as one of the most influential books of the past one hundred years.

80 Fifth Avenue, 5th-floor conference room (529)

Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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