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Implications of Colonialism for Disease Outbreak Response in Black Communities, with Harris Ali and Yvonne Simpson

Black History Month is a distinct period for honouring history, negotiating current realities, and imagining potential futures for Black communities. For the second year, the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research is proud to collaborate with the Harriet Tubman Institute (HTI) at York University on their BHM seminar series – in 2023, we will focus on Black resistance with the aim of remembering achievements in the face of multiple struggles.

Please join us on Tuesday, February 28 from 12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. ET and learn more about Dahdaleh faculty fellow Harris Ali's research as it relates to Implications of Colonialism for Disease Outbreak Response in Black Communities. Harris will discuss his recent work on vaccine hesitancy and other COVID issues pertaining to the Black community in both Toronto and West Africa. Based on his research on the West African Ebola epidemic, he will also provide some reflections on the importance of the work of Frantz Fanon for global health research and decolonizing epidemic response within the context of the post-colonialist condition marked by suspicion and social resistance.

The Harriet Tubman Institute presents Black History Month in collaboration with the The African Studies Program; Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research; Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change; Faculty of Graduate Studies; Glendon Office of the Principal’s Indigenous, Black, and Racialized Guest Speakers Fund; Robarts Centre for Canadian Studies.

Thank you for your interest in this seminar. 

Please find the recap and recording here.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2023


12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2023
  • Time: 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


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