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St. Ann's Church

Author Talk: Under the Skin | Linda Villarosa in conversation with Jacqueline Woodson

Join us in discussion with Linda Villarosa on the release of Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation, a landmark book that tells the full story racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals.

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Author Talk: Under the Skin | Linda Villarosa  in conversation with Jacqueline Woodson
Author Talk: Under the Skin | Linda Villarosa  in conversation with Jacqueline Woodson

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Jun 14, 2022, 7:30 PM

St. Ann's Church , 157 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

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  • All attendees must wear a face mask at all times.
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  • Additional copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

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From an award-winning writer at the New York Times Magazine and a contributor to the 1619 Project comes a landmark book that tells the full story of racial health disparities in America, revealing the toll racism takes on individuals and the health of our nation.  In 2018, Linda Villarosa's New York Times Magazine article on maternal and infant mortality among black mothers and babies in America caused an awakening. Hundreds of studies had previously established a link between racial discrimination and the health of Black Americans, with little progress toward solutions. But Villarosa's article exposing that a Black woman with a college education is as likely to die or nearly die in childbirth as a white woman with an eighth grade education made racial disparities in health care impossible to ignore.   Now, in Under the Skin, Linda Villarosa lays bare the forces in the American health-care system and in American society that cause Black people to “live sicker and die quicker” compared to their white counterparts. Today's medical texts and instruments still carry fallacious slavery-era assumptions that Black bodies are fundamentally different from white bodies. Study after study of medical settings show worse treatment and outcomes for Black patients. Black people live in dirtier, more polluted communities due to environmental racism and neglect from all levels of government. And, most powerfully, Villarosa describes the new understanding that coping with the daily scourge of racism ages Black people prematurely. Anchored by unforgettable human stories and offering incontrovertible proof, Under the Skin is dramatic, tragic, and necessary reading.

LINDA VILLAROSA is a journalism professor at the City University of New York and a contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, where she covers the intersection of race and health. She has also served as executive editor at Essence and as a science editor at The New York Times. Her article on maternal and infant mortality was a finalist for a National Magazine Award. She is a contributor to The 1619 Project.

JACQUELINE WOODSON is the author of many books for young people and adults. She is the recipient of a number of awards including a 2020 MacArthur Fellowship, and a 2020 Hans Christian Andersen Award. Her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming was a National Book Award winner. Adult novels include Red At The Bone and Another Brooklyn.

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