Nursing @ Noon: Darby Lecture – Dying of Whiteness

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Critical Conversation

Nationally-recognized both for his scholarship and his focus on American culture, Dr. Jonathan Metzl’s systematic analysis of health data dramatically reveals that policies that promised to restore greatness to white America did just the opposite.

12 Apr | 12:00 pm

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Virtual Event is hosted by the OHSU School of Nursing and is sponsored by the Southern Oregon University Foundation

Physician and sociologist Jonathan M. Metzl travels across America’s heartland seeking to better understand the politics of racial resentment and its impact on public health. Interviewing a range of Americans, he uncovers how racial anxieties led to the repeal of gun control laws in Missouri, stymied the Affordable Care Act in Tennessee and fueled massive cuts to schools and social services in Kansas. Although such measures promised to restore greatness to white America, Metzl’s systematic analysis of health data dramatically reveals they did just the opposite: these policies made life sicker, harder and shorter in the very populations they purported to aid. Thus, white gun suicides soared, life expectancies fell and school dropout rates rose. 

Presenter:
Jonathan M. Metzl, MD, PhD
Frederick B. Rentschler II Professor of Sociology and Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University