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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 2, 2021—Linda Villarosa, a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine who covers race and public health and a former executive editor at Essence Magazine, will deliver a virtual talk hosted by Williams College titled, “Under the Skin: Racism as a Public Health Threat.” The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, via the following Zoom link:

https://williams.zoom.us/j/94065066509?pwd=b0srOWVoL2JrZkhDdnpjbXYvTFBpQT09 Passcode: 544794

In 2017, Villarosa’s cover story “America’s Hidden HIV Epidemic” was honored with an Excellence in Journalism Award by the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. The organization also inducted her into its Hall of Fame in 2020. Her 2018 New York Times Magazine cover story on infant and maternal mortality in Black mothers and babies was nominated for a National Magazine Award.

In 2020 she contributed to the Pulitzer-Prize winning 1619 Project with an essay that highlighted physiological myths, based on race, that have endured since slavery. Villarosa’s April 29, 2020 cover story examined race, health disparities, and Covid-19 through the lens of the Zulu Social Club of New Orleans, and her August 2, 2020 article, “The Refinery Next Door,” looked at environmental justice in Philadelphia. She teaches journalism and Black studies at the City College of New York and is writing the book titled Under the Skin: Race, Inequality and the Health of a Nation for Doubleday publishing company.

This event is sponsored by the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Africana Studies, Latina/o Studies, American Studies, the Davis Center, the Lecture Committee, and the W. Ford Schumann ’50 Program in Democratic Studies.

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