Harriet A. Washington
Harriet Washington is an award-winning medical writer and editor, and the author of the best-selling book, Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present, and Deadly Monopolies: The Shocking Corporate Takeover of Life Itself. In her work, she focuses mainly upon bioethics, history of medicine, African American health issues and the intersection of medicine, ethics and culture.
Medical Apartheid, the first social history of medical research with African Americans, was chosen as one of Publishers' Weekly Best Books of 2006. The book also won the National Book Critics Circle Nonfiction Award, a PEN award, 2007 Gustavus Myers Award, and Nonfiction Award of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. Experts have praised its scholarship, accuracy and insights. Her other books include, Parkinson's Disease, a monograph published by Harvard Health Publications, Living Healthy with Hepatitis C and she is co-author of Health and Healing for African Americans.
Ms. Washington has also worked as a laboratory technician, as a medical social worker, as the manager of a poison-control center/suicide hotline, and has performed as an oboist and as a classical-music announcer for WXXI-FM, a PBS affiliate in Rochester, N.Y. She lives in New York City with her husband Ron DeBose.
Dr. Grandin didn't talk until she was three and a half years old, communicating her frustration instead by screaming, peeping, and humming. In 1950, she was diagnosed with autism and her parents were told she should be institutionalized. She tells her story of "groping her way from the for side of darkness" in her book Emergence: Labeled Autistic, a book which stunned the world because, until its publication, most professionals and parents assumed that an autism diagnosis was virtually a death sentence to achievement or productivity in life. She eventually found a mentor, who recognized her interests and abilities. Dr. Grandin developed her talents into o successful career os a livestock-handling equipment designer, one of very few in the world. She has now designed the facilities in which half the cattle are handled in the United States, consulting for firms such as Burger King, McDonald's, Swift, and others.
Her fascinating life, with all its challenges end successes has been brought to the screen in the recent award - winning HBO movie, Temple Grandin, starring Claire Danes. She has been featured on NPR (National Public Radio), major television programs, such as the BBC special "The Woman Who Thinks like a Cow," ABC's Primetime live, The Today Show, Larry King live, 48 Hours and 20/20, and has been written about in many national publications, such as Time magazine, People magazine, Forbes, U.S. News and World Report, and New York Times.
Wafeek Wahby, Elizabeth Riorden, David Raybin, and Bailey K. Young
Lynch Humanities Series Lecture 2012. Co-sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program, Department of History, and Department of English.
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