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Systemic: How racism is making us ill

June 8 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

FREE but booking required - see entry for details
  • Date and time:Saturday 8 June 2024, 3pm to 4pm
  • Location:In-person only
    Law and Sociology Building, Campus East, University of York (Map)
  • wheelchair accessible
  • Admission:Free admission, booking required

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Doctors are trained under the ethos of the Hippocratic oath – to do no harm. But what happens when harm comes not from conscious actions, but unconscious bias?

Investigative journalist Layal Liverpool, author of Systemic, has unearthed the shocking research and articulates the vital solutions to the issue of structural racism in medicine. Across the world, in every country she has studied and in every area of medicine she examined, health outcomes are worse for people of colour compared to their white counterparts – regardless of their income, place of birth or age.

From cardiovascular disease to viruses, from cancer to mental illness, she has delved into the reasons racial health disparities exist and will reveal that diseases are not ‘great equalisers’ – not when you live in an unequal society. Join Layal and discover how the widespread adoption of new, anti-racist medical standards will be central in creating a healthier world for everyone.

Book sales

You can buy copies of many of our speakers’ books from Fox Lane Books, a local independent bookseller and Festival partner. In some cases, author signed bookplates are available too.

About the speaker

Layal Liverpool is a journalist whose work spans diverse science topics, including technology, physics, the environment and health, with a particular focus on inequalities in science, health and medicine. Her writing has appeared in Nature, New Scientist, WIRED, the Guardian and elsewhere. Before moving into journalism, Layal worked as a biomedical researcher at University College London and the University of Oxford. She has a PhD in virology and immunology from the University of Oxford. Systemic is her first book.


This event is part of York Festival of Ideas – for the full programme see https://yorkfestivalofideas.com/2024/calendar/


June 8
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
FREE but booking required - see entry for details


Law and Sociology Building, University of York
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