10th Annual
BNRC Historical Lecture Series

BNRC Historical Lecture with Dr. Damon Tweedy and Dr. Quinn Capers IV

Black Man in a White Coat

Thursday, March 22, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
MLK Lounge | Hale Hall | 154 West 12th Ave.


Dr. Damon Tweedy is author of the New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, selected by TIME Magazine as one of the Top Non-Fiction books. Dr. Tweedy is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine. He completed both his medical internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital. He is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of many health problems in the black community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care.

Dr. Quinn Capers IVDr. Capers is dean of admissions in The Ohio State University College of Medicine, an assistant professor of clinical medicine, and director of Peripheral Vascular Interventions in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at The Ohio State University Medical Center. He earned his medical degree from Ohio State and completed his internship, residency and fellowship from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Capers has received numerous teaching awards at Ohio State's Medical Center.


Co-sponsored by the 
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

Supported by the
Black Student Association | African Youth League

Every year the Todd Anthony Bell National Resource Center (BNRC) on the African American Male hosts the Historical Lecture Series as a signature program for The Ohio State University's annual United Black World Month celebration. It represents the BNRC’s strong commitment to provide lectures and forums that speak to pertinent matters related to African American males and their place in the world.

At the event, students have the opportunity to network and fellowship with individuals who work on- and off-campus, such as faculty, staff, and community professionals. The relationships created with this gathering enhance students’ academic, career, and leadership development.

First started in 2008, the Historical Lecture has had past guests that have included: New York Times columnist William Rhoden, history professor Leonard Moore, and law professor Michelle Alexander.