September 24, 2021

  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.: The History of Race and the Ethical Future of Public Health
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.: Race, Equity, and the Ethical Conduct of Medical Research


M203 Auditorium
Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine
2 Riverside Circle, Roanoke, VA 24016


Dr. Sylvester A. Johnson
Assistant Vice Provost for Humanities and founding director of Virginia Tech's Center for Humanities

The History of Race and the Ethical Future of Public Health

Open invitation to second year medical students, faculty, and staff.

12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Space will be limited to 54 seats and registration is required. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to receive a complimentary boxed to-go lunch. Lunch will be provided for those who register by the end of Tuesday, September 21. 

This lecture will also be streamed via Zoom

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Race, Equity, and the Ethical Conduct of Medical Research

Closed lecture to the First-Year Medical Students Research Class. 

1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m.

If you are not a first year medical student, and would like to attend this lecture, please contact Dr. Leslie LaConte directly. 

About Dr. Johnson

Dr. Sylvester A. Johnson is the founding director of Virginia Tech's Center for Humanities, which is supporting human-centered research and humanistic approaches to the guidance of technology. Johnson's research has examined religion, race, and empire in the Atlantic world; religion and sexuality; national security practices; and the impact of intelligent machines and human enhancement on human identity and race governance. In addition to co-facilitating a national working group on religion and US empire, Johnson led an Artificial Intelligence project that developed a successful proof-of-concept machine learning application to ingest and analyze a humanities text. 

He is the author of The Myth of Ham in Nineteenth-Century American Christianity (Palgrave 2004), a study of race and religious hatred that won the American Academy of Religion's Best First Book award; and African American Religions, 1500-2000, an award-winning interpretation of five centuries of democracy, colonialism, and freedom in the Atlantic world. Johnson has also co-edited The FBI and Religion: Faith and National Security Before and After 9/11. He is founding co-editor of the Journal of Africana Religions. He is currently producing a digital scholarly edition of an early English history of global religions and writing a book on human identity in an age of intelligent machines and human-machine symbiosis.