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Harriet Washington

October 19, Copley Square
Harriet Washington is a research fellow, scholar, and author. A recipient of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, Washington has held fellowships at the Harvard School of Public Health, Stanford University, DePaul University College of Law, Harvard Medical School, and University of Nevada’s Black Mountain Institute. She has also worked as a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics, and her book Medical Apartheid is considered the first comprehensive history of US medical experimentation on African Americans. Her latest release, A Terrible Thing to Waste, explores environmental racism and its psychological effects on the American mind. Library Journal calls Washington's latest “an impressive array of technical research … presented in a readable style.” Author Gerald Markowitz says Washington “asks the critical questions that get at the heart of racism and inequality in health, income, and social welfare and power in 21st century America.”