Sherman James to deliver MLK Jr. lecture at medical school

The Office of Diversity Programs at the School of Medicine will present its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Lecture at 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the Eric P. Newman Education Center, 320 S. Euclid Ave. The event is open to the public.

The guest speaker will be social epidemiologist Sherman James, PhD, a research professor of epidemiology and African-American studies at Emory University. The title of his lecture is “The Black Image in the White Mind: Implications for Achieving Racial Equity in America.”

Before joining Emory, James served as the inaugural Susan B. King Professor of Public Policy at Duke University from 2003 to 2014. He also held teaching positions at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and the University of Michigan.

James is the originator of the John Henryism hypothesis, which asserts that repetitive, high-effort coping with social and economic adversity is a major contributor to the well-known heightened risk for hypertension and related cardiovascular diseases in poor and working-class African-Americans. He received a five-year research career development award, followed by more than 20 years of continuous funding, from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to support his work on this subject.

James was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2000. He was named a distinguished alumnus of Washington University in 2008, and he currently serves on the University’s National Advisory Council for Arts and Sciences.

The event is free of charge. To RSVP, please call the Office of Diversity Programs at 314-362-6854 or email mpatterson@wustl.edu.