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Virtual FAN Event with Arline Geronimus on April 13

March 30, 2023  11:00am CT


Arline Geronimus and Doriane Miller.
Arline Geronimus, Sc.D. and Doriane Miller, MD
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“Weathering: The Extraordinary Stress of Ordinary Life in an Unjust Society,” a conversation with Arline Geronimus, Sc.D. and Doriane Miller, MD, will be held on Thursday, April 13, beginning at 7:00pm via Zoom. The event is free and open to the public, suitable for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.


Pioneering scientist and public health activist Arline T. Geronimus, Sc.D. first coined the term “weathering” almost 40 years ago to describe the effects of systemic oppression on marginalized people’s bodies—even down to the cellular level. Amid a raging pandemic, environmental chaos, and economic instability, those effects are now felt more acutely than ever. Much like an unprotected house being battered by relentless rainstorms, systemic injustice erodes the body over time, taking a physical toll—often deadly—on Black, brown, working class, and poor communities.

In her groundbreaking new book, Weathering: The Extraordinary Stress of Ordinary Life in an Unjust Society, Geronimus, a professor in the School of Public Health and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, argues that health and aging have more to do with how society treats us than how well we take care of ourselves.


Prof. Geronimus will be in conversation with Doriane C. Miller, MD, Professor of Medicine and the inaugural director of the Center for Community Health and Vitality and the director of Health Equity Integration for the Institute of Translational Medicine at the University of Chicago. The Center for Community Health and Vitality’s mission is to improve population health outcomes for residents on the South Side of Chicago through community-engaged research, demonstration, and service models.


The April 13 event will be recorded and available on FAN’s website and YouTube channel. For more information, including a list of sponsors for the event, visit the Family Action Network website.