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February is Black History Month
Black History Month focuses attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. It honors all Black people from all periods of United States history.

Friday, February 10, 2023
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Structural Racism and Psychiatric Practice: A Call for Sustained Change
Rachel Talley, MD

Structural racism has received renewed focus, fueled by the convergence of major political and social events. As a result, psychiatry as a field has been forced to confront a legacy of systemic inequities.

Dr. Talley will use examples from her clinical and supervisory work to highlight the urgent need to integrate techniques addressing racial identity and racism into psychiatric practice and teaching. This urgency is underlined by extensive evidence of psychiatry’s long-standing systemic inequities. Our field suffers not from a lack of available techniques but rather a lack of sustained commitment to understand and integrate those techniques into our work; indeed, there are multiple published examples of strategies to address racism and racial identity in psychiatric clinical practice.

She will provide recommendations geared toward more firmly institutionalizing a focus on racism and racial identity in psychiatry and suggest applications of existing techniques to our initial clinical examples.

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Thursday, February 23, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Making One’s Way in the World
Illya Eliphis Davis, PhD

Illya Eliphis Davis serves as the Director of Freshmen and Seniors’ Academic Success Programs and Professor of Philosophy at Morehouse College. He is a 1989 philosophy graduate of Morehouse College. He pursued a Master’s degree in Religion and Culture at Harvard University and doctoral studies at The University of Chicago in Philosophy of Religion.

He has published on the political thought of former Morehouse College president Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, African American Religious Experiences, Black existential thought, Black fraternities and sororities, and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Professor Davis has provided invited lectures at the United States Department of Labor, The University of Chicago, Duke University, Mississippi State University, and the University of Notre Dame. Most recently, he provided the 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day talk for the United States Department of Labor.

Professor Davis is a frequent social and political contributor to NPRs WABE-Atlanta. He teaches and researches Africana Philosophy and Race, philosophy of language, and philosophy of religion. He is the proud father of two young ladies: Ilan, a 2021 graduate of Spelman College, and Anya, a sophomore at Spelman College. He is a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated.

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If you have any questions, contact Nancy Massey.