Moving Forward by Looking Back

The Coupling of African American History and our Work in Science and Medicine

Autumn Quarter Mini-Institute

Faculty in the Biological Sciences Division, Physical Sciences Division, and Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering participated in a 4-part series to learn about U.S. Black history and understand how it intersects with science and medicine today. The series will also covered topics related to implicit bias and privilege.

Institute Schedule

Jessica Millward, PhD

Associate Professor of African American Studies & History
University of California, Irvine

Session 1 – Keynote

Slavery, Racial Violence, and the Matter of Black Lives

Tuesday, October 13, noon to 1 p.m.

Led by Jessica Millward, Associate Professor of African American Studies and History at the University of California, Irvine, this initial session will provide an overview of major events in American history that have shaped the reality of Black people in science and medicine in the United States today.


Session 2: Social Justice in Practice

Tuesday, October 20, 12:15 – 1 p.m.

With Tobias Spears and Dr. Jessica Millward

Social Justice isn’t just a buzz-term: it requires serious commitment. This session will help you learn active ways to support racial justice.

Session 3: Implicit Bias: A Primer

Tuesday, October 27, 12:15 – 1 p.m.

With Tobias Spears and Dr. Jessica Millward

This session engages promising practices from both social science and expert practitioners on strategies to mitigate bias.

Session 4: Examining Privilege

Tuesday, November 10, 12:05 – 1 p.m.

With Tobias Spears and Dr. Jessica Millward

Learn how to reflect on privilege as a way to think more thoughtfully about your roles in social justice.

The above “thinkshops” are designed to stimulate thought and discussion about topics related to diversity and inclusion. Once you register below, you will be sent Zoom links for the sessions.

Drop-in sessions for attendees interested in conversing about the lecture and skill-building sessions will also be offered on a weekly basis. Details on these sessions will be shared with participants after registering for the lecture and skill-building sessions. If you have questions, please contact Tobias Spears at

Register here today!

Autumn Quarter Mini-Institute

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