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Relational Health | Fall 2021

September 14, 2021

Better Together?: Social Connectedness and Physical Health

Dr. Ellen Idler
Professor of Sociology & Director of Graduate Studies, Emory University
Dr. Heeju Sohn
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Emory University
Dr. Jennifer Mascaro
Assistant Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine



November 17, 2021

The Impact of Social Isolation on Older Adults

Suzette Binford
Therapeutics Program Manager, Charles and Harriet Shaffer Cognitive Empowerment Program
Ginny Helms
President & CEO, LeadingAge Georgia
Heather Bogle
Admissions Director, The Fountainview Center for Alzheimer’s Disease

Race, Ethnicity & Health Speaker Series | Spring 2021

March 25, 2021

Systemic Racism and Health Disparities: The Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx Populations

Dr. Paulina Rebolledo, MD MSc
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Global Health
Division of Infectious Disease
Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health



April 22, 2021

Viral Justice: Racism, Vulnerability, and Refuting Black Pathology

Dr. Ruha Benjamin, MA PhD
Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University

The recording of this event is available to all current Emory University students, faculty and staff. Please email Dr. Jennifer Sarrett ( to obtain access to this video.

This event is co-sponsored by The Hightower Fund as well as the following Emory departments and entities: Laney Graduate School; The Provost's Office; School of Medicine; Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Center for the Study of Human Health; Campus Life; African American Studies; Sociology; School of Nursing; Center for Ethics; ILA; Center for Mind, Brain, and Culture; James Weldon Johnson Institute; WGSS; Anthropology

Race, Ethnicity & Health Speaker Series | Fall 2020

October 1, 2020

Race and Reproductive Justice

Dr. Rebecca Shansami Ellis, Emory School of Nursing
Dázon Dixon Diallok, SisterLove
Monica Simpson, SisterSong



November 4, 2020

Social Disparities in COVID-19

Dr. Shivani Patel, Emory Rollins School of Public Health

Distinguished Speaker Series

Health and Culture: How Food in Palau and Oil in the Amazon Affect Us All (October 2018)
Maria Fadiman, PhD

Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats (October 2017)
Maryn McKenna, MS

Food, Genes & Culture (October 2016)
Co-sponsored with Dining Services, Office of Sustainability, Turner Environmental Law Clinic, Department of Anthropology, and Department of Environmental Science
Gary Paul Nabhan, PhD

Health & Humanities Speaker Series

Narrative, Communication, and HIV (April 2018)
Kate Winskell, PhD

Thoughts on Left-handedness, Behavior, Culture, and Health (March 2018)
Howard Kushner, PhD

Reflections on Storytelling, Health, and Transformative Connections (February 2018)
Marie Marquardt, PhD

Populist Antiheroes from B. J. Palmer to Donald Trump (February 2018)
Co-sponsored with the Department of Religion

Holy Folk, PhD

Highlighting Mental Health And Journalism (February 2018)
Rebecca Palpant Shimkets, MS