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UCL-Lancet Lecture 2024: Professor Linda Villarosa

30 April 2024, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm

Professor Vilarosa standing in a orange/red top next to the name and date of the event.

Join us for the UCL-Lancet Lecture 2024 with award-winning writer, Professor Linda Villarosa who will discuss her work on the societal forces that cause black people to live sicker and die quicker compared to their white counterparts.

This event is free.

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Logan Hall
20 Bedford Way
United Kingdom

UCL-Lancet Lecture 2024 - Under the Skin: Understanding the Toll of Race and Inequality on the Health of People

The UCL-Lancet Lecture is a prestigious annual global health event open to the public, co-hosted by the UCL Institute for Global Health, UCL Grand Challenges and The Lancet.

Professor Linda Villarosa's lecture will discuss her work on the societal forces that cause Black people to “live sicker and die quicker” compared to their white counterparts.  

Villarosa will connect the ways in which Black lives are far too often shaped by illness and suffering related to a range of factors: medical ignorance and discrimination, environmental racism and government neglect.  


16:30 – Open registration desk

17:30 – Welcome, Opening Remarks & Introduction of Chair (Dr Michael Spence, UCL President & Provost)

17:35 – Meeting Chair (Dr Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet)

17:40 – Keynote Lecture (Professor Linda Villarosa)

18:40 – Response (Professor Delan Devakumar and Dr Rochelle Burgess)

18:50 – Audience Q&A (moderated by Dr Richard Horton)

19:20 – Closing Remarks (Professor Shabbar Jaffar, UCL Institute for Global Health Director and Sam Balch, UCL Grand Challenges Director

About the Speaker

Professor Linda Villarosa

Professor Linda Villarosa, based in New York, is a journalist, author, editor, novelist, and educator. Currently serving as a professor and journalist in residence at the City University of New York (CUNY), she teaches journalism, medicine, and Black Studies at The City College of New York in Harlem. In her current role as a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, Professor Villarosa covers topics related to race, inequality, and health.

As a journalist Professor Villarosa held editorial roles for the health pages of the New York Times and as executive editor for Essence Magazine. Throughout her career, Professor Villarosa’s writing has received awards from organizations such as The American Medical Writer's Association, the New York Association of Black Journalists, and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Additionally, Prof Villarosa uses her expertise to train journalists across the globe to better cover the HIV/AIDS epidemic at international AIDS conferences.

An accomplished author, Professor Villarosa has authored and co-authored three books, including "Body & Soul: The Black Women's Guide to Physical Health and Well-Being" and "Passing for Black," the latter earning a Lambda Literacy Award nomination. Her latest work, "Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation," received acclaim as a 2023 Pulitzer Prize finalist and was featured in the New York Times' '10 Best Books of 2022.