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February 2, 2016
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

Author of NYT’s bestseller “Black Man in a White Coat” Damon Tweedy to speak Feb 10 as part of Upstate’s Black History Month Celebration

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Damon Tweedy, MD, author of the New York Times best-seller “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” will discuss his memoir at two public lectures Wednesday, Feb. 10 as part of Upstate Medical University’s Black History Month celebration.

Tweedy’s presentations, sponsored by Upstate’s office of Student and Multicultural Affairs, are part of a month-long series of events that include presentations by Upstate’s President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD; Sarah Loguen Fraser Day featuring a Marrow Donor Drive, lecture and scholarship award program; a showing of the award-winning movie, Selma; opening ceremonies; and an Elizabeth Blackwell Day lecture.

“We are excited about the line up of events in recognition of Black History Month at Upstate that are being coordinated by our faculty, staff and students,” said Maxine Thompson, assistant vice president for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. “We are especially honored to have Dr. Tweedy visit our campus to discuss his personal experiences as a young medical student, and now physician, and his memoir that has paved the way for greater dialogue about better remedies and care for black Americans. We invite the Upstate and greater communities to join us for

Dr. Tweedy’s lectures as well as the many other exciting events that our Black History Month committees have planned.”

Tweedy’s lectures will be held Wednesday, Feb. 10: at noon in 9295 Weiskotten Hall and at 5 p.m., in 1159 Weiskotten Hall. Through his memoir, he traces his experiences with race, bias and the unique health problems of black Americans. Tweedy is assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. His memoir was named by Time magazine among the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2015 and was included in Entertainment Weekly’s The Must List selection for September 2015, among other honors. (Note: Free tickets to Tweedy’s lectures are available in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 125 Health Sciences Library or by calling the Office of Multicultural Affairs, 464-8855.)

Complete list of Black History Month events at Upstate:

• Wednesday, Feb. 3. Black History Month Opening Ceremony. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campus Activities Building. Welcome remarks: Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP, president of Upstate Medical University; keynote speaker: Wanda Thompson, PhD, senior vice president of operations, Upstate. Honorees: Sharon Contreras, PhD, superintendent of the Syracuse City School District; Susan Keeter, Marketing & University Communications, Upstate Medical University. The event also features music by Tamar Smithers and a free soul food luncheon with a healthy twist by Chef Bleu (Will Lewis). Vegetarian options are included. The program will be live streamed at the Community Campus, conference rooms A/B. Free desserts will be available at the Community Campus.

• Wednesday, Feb. 10. Lecture: Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflection on Race and Medicine (two lectures). Noon, 9295 Weiskotten Hall; 5 p.m., 1159 Weiskotten Hall.

• Saturday, Feb. 13. Student National Medical Association (SNMA) Dinner. 7 p.m. SkyArmory, 351 S. Clinton St., Syracuse. For tickets and information, contact Melissa Espert, espertm@upstate.edu.

• Feb. 17, 18, 19. Movie: Selma. 6 p.m. 103 Weiskotten Hall. Free admission. Open to the Upstate community, their families and friends. Sponsored by the Office of Student & Multicultural Affairs. For more information, call 464-8855.

• Wednesday, Feb. 24. Elizabeth Blackwell Day lecture. 12:30 p.m. Medical Alumni Auditorium, Weiskotten Hall. Keynote address: Upstate Medical University President Danielle Laraque-Arena, MD, FAAP. For more information, contact Margaret Maimone, maimonem@upstate.edu, 464-8526.

The 2016 Black History Month events at Upstate honor the 150th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and the 115th Anniversary of Life Every Voice and Sing, the Black National Anthem.

Upstate’s Black History Month events are supported and coordinated by the Faculty and Staff Association for Diversity, Division of Student Affairs and Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student National Medical Association, Medical Alumni Office, Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Office of the President.

For more information about Upstate’s Black History Month celebration, call 464-5234 or 464-5433.

Caption: Damon Tweedy, MD, author of the New York Times bestseller “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” will discuss his memoir at two public lectures Feb. 10.

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