Events Archive: 2022-23

Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation


Journalist, author, editor and educator Linda Villarosa will be the inaugural speaker in a new VCU Libraries lecture series on social justice. 

The focus of her work is on disparities in health care. Her talk at VCU October 27 also supports the theme of Health Literacy Month observed by the VCU Health Sciences Library and the VCU Medical Center Health and Wellness Library. Her lecture will be on her 2022 book Under the Skin: The Hidden Toll of Racism on American Lives and on the Health of Our Nation. By way of preview, she writes: 

“Since the first African enslaved men, women, and children reached American shores, there has been a Black-white divide in who survives, how they live, and who dies, from birth to the end of life. Despite decades of social, economic, and educational progress and what has unquestionably been the rise of a robust Black middle class, racial health disparities have remained intact. Yes, something about being Black is creating a health crisis, and that something is racism.”

Her presentation in Richmond is linked to the October meeting of the Association of Research Libraries’ Leadership and Career Development Program Institute hosted by VCU Libraries. Attendees of the conference will be invited to the lecture, which is free and open to the public. Registration for in-person or Zoom attendance is open. 

The new Social Justice Lecture series is envisioned as an annual exploration of topics by national voices who will illuminate concerns at the core of social justice: taking care of the least advantaged members of society and victims of injustice; respect for the dignity and identity of all persons; educating students not only for college and careers but also for life; and creating a united community where diversity is respected, where no one is left out, and where everyone finds a place.

The inaugural Social Justice Lecture is organized by the office of the dean of VCU Libraries with  additional support from

Work & Think, LLC


For special accommodations, or to register offline, please contact Ryan Pander, event manager, or 804-828-0593.