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Guest Speaker to Discuss Racism as Public Health Crisis in UW Lecture Series Nov. 15

November 8, 2021

A University of Florida lecturer will discuss his research on racism as a public health crisis as part of the University of Wyoming Black Studies Center’s (UWBSC) 2021-22 Let Freedom Ring Lecture Series.

Rik Stevenson will present “The Negro Question and Racism as a Public Health Crisis” Monday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. To view the lecture, go to

Stevenson’s research on racism as a public health crisis examines the role racism plays in American society and beyond.

“His research extends the current and insufficient research found in the mainstream academic offerings in higher education,” says Fredrick Douglass Dixon, the UWBSC director.

Dixon says the UWBSC will continue its dedication to the fundamental principles of UW’s diversity, equity and inclusion endeavors by reexamining the “Negro Question” of the first Mohonk Conference of 1890.

“The ‘Negro Question’ asks: ‘What should be done with the presence of the troublesome Negro for maximum exploitation?’ This question is the overarching theme and undergirds the UWBSC’s events for this academic year,” Dixon says.

For more information, email Dixon at

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