Race, Space and Power in Richmond, Virginia

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This virtual event brings together a panel of experts to explore health disparities in Richmond; their historical roots in Black political disenfranchisement and racial segregation; and ways that we might improve our city's health by building more equitable neighborhoods.

This event is presented as part of the History and Health: Racial Equity Speaker Series. The VCU Humanities Research Center co-sponsors this event with the VCU Office of Health Equity. 

Moderator: Adam Ewing, Ph.D.

Adam Ewing, Ph.D., is a historian whose research focuses on the historical dynamics of power and identity in the African diaspora. He is an associate professor in the Department of African American Studies at VCU.

Dr. Adam Ewing wearing glasses and a gray quarter zip smiling and looking to his left in front of a bookshelf

Panelist: Derek Chapman, Ph.D.

Derek Chapman, Ph.D., is an epidemiologist whose research focuses on maternal and child health epidemiology, and the intersection of biological and social determinants on children's health and development. He is an associate professor in the VCU School of Medicine and the interim director for the VCU Center on Society and Health.

Dr. Derek Chapman in a blue collared shirt standing outside

Panelist: Torey Edmonds

Torey Edmonds is the community engagement coordinator for the VCU Department of Family Medicine and Epidemiology and the VCU Clark-Hill Institute for Positive Youth Development.

Headshot of Torey Edmonds wearing a peach blouse and black glasses

Panelist: Julian Hayter, Ph.D.

Julian Hayter, Ph.D., is a historian whose research focuses on modern U.S. history, American political development, African American history and the American civil rights movement. He is an associate professor in the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond.

Headshot of Dr. Julian Hayter wearing black glasses and a gray blazer

Panelist: Mariah Williams

Mariah Williams is an urban planner, storyteller, adjunct and researcher dedicated to highlighting the experiences of black people and spaces in cities. Her passion is creating and exploring spaces for the being of black bodies, specifically, black women and girls, in the built environment.

Headshot of Mariah Williams standing in a black blazer beside a brick wall