The 2021 Gene Brody Symposium, online March 24, 3-4 pm with Sherman James

Gene Brody Lecture

The legend of John Henry tells of a post-Civil War Black man who proved   greater than a steam powered drill, but afterwards, died from exhaustion. Whether the legend is interpreted as a tragedy, a heroic tale, or both, the story contains a sober truth for all Americans.  There are many examples of African Americans who, like John Henry, overcome humble backgrounds and systemic barriers to achieve great success, but at what costs to their health?

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Sherman James, the originator of “John Henryism” theory to learn how the theory came about, what we have learned since he first proposed it in the early 1980s, and what outstanding questions remain.

MARCH 24, 2021
3 – 4pm EST

You will receive a link to the live stream on YouTube.

Have a question for Dr. James? Send it to ahead of time or during the broadcast.
Dr. Sherman James

Sherman James, a social epidemiologist, is the Susan B. King Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at Duke University; was a professor of epidemiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1973-89) and the University of Michigan (1989-03). At Michigan, he was the John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health and has received numerous awards and honors in his prolific career.