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Americanist Speaker Series: Yolanda Wilson – “In Praise of Difficult Patients”

October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Yolanda Wilson (Howard University).

Dr. Wilson will give a talk titled “In Praise of Difficult Patients,” which is based in her chapter on caregiving from her current book project, Black Death: Racial Justice, Priority-Setting, and Care at the End of Life. 

The talk will take place on Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m.

At the home of Priscilla Wald and Joseph Donahue

2605 McDowell Road – Durham, NC

Refreshments provided!


Yolonda Yvette Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Howard University (Washington, DC), her alma mater. Professor Wilson’s research interests include bioethics, social and political philosophy, race theory, and feminist philosophy, centering on racial and gender justice, particularly in the health care realm. She is the lead editor of a forthcoming special issue of The Journal of Social Philosophy entitled “Exploring Racial Injustice,” in which her article, “A Postmortem on Postraciality,” will appear.

Currently, Wilson is at work on a monograph, Black Death: Racial Justice, Priority-Setting, and Care at the End of Life. She argues there that if nonideal theory provides the necessary tools with which to understand racial injustice, then nonideal theory also offers an important view of racially unjust disparities in health and health care. Her public scholarship on issues of bioethics, race, and gender has appeared in the Hastings Center’s Bioethics Forum and The Conversation and been reprinted in outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune,, and the Philly Voice. Her media appearances include outlets such as Al Jazeera English and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio. Wilson has been named a 2019-20 fellow of the National Humanities Center.


October 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Home of Priscilla Wald & Joe Donahue
2605 McDowell Road
Durham, NC United States
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