Tuesday, February 12, 2013

AASD Presents: “The Nuances of Blackness: Race, Complexion, and Mental Health”

The African American Studies Department invite you to attend the following Black History Month event:

“The Nuances of Blackness: Race, Complexion, and Mental Health”

Dr. Verna M. Keith is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Race and Ethnic Studies Institute (RESI) at Texas A&M University. She will talk about her research which focuses on how social hierarchy influences social, physical, and emotional well-being including how race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic position are associated with increased risk of depression. Current projects investigate the effects of colorism (i.e., the privileging of light over dark skin complexion) and discrimination on mental health outcomes and substance abuse, the relative effects of subjective and objective social status on health, and the influence of neighborhood characteristics on biological markers of stress. Dr. Keith has authored several books including: In and Out of Our Right Minds: The Mental Health of African American Women and Skin Deep: How Race and Complexion Matter in the "Color Blind" Era.

The talk will be held on Monday, February 25th, 2013 from noon-1:30pm in 1126 Taliaferro Hall, Lucille Maurer Library. The talk is co-sponsored by Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Sociology, Maryland Population Research Center and The University of Maryland Center for Health Equity, School of Public Health. A light lunch will be served. Please mark your calendars and feel free to distribute to interested parties.