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david r. williams, t.h. chan school of public health, harvard university

The Marquette Forum is excited to have Dr. David R. Williams as the 2017-18 keynote speaker. Williams is the Florence and Laura Norman Professor of Public Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Professor of African and African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard University. Dr. Williams is an internationally recognized authority on social influences on health. He served as key scientific advisor to the award-winning PBS film series, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? and his 2016 TED talk, How Racism Makes Us Sick, has been viewed nearly a million times.

Unnatural Causes is available through the Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries for viewing online. Viewing is restricted to campus community only.

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Location and Time

Tuesday, March 27
Ethnic Alumni Association Networking Reception
5:00–6:30 p.m. (5:45 program)
Marquette University
Alumni Memorial Union, Lunda Dining Room, 2nd floor
1442 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Keynote Lecture
7:00–9:00 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium
1506 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Limited parking is available for $10 per vehicle in the 16th Street Parking Structure located at 749 N. 16th Street and the Wells Street Structure located at 1240 W. Wells Street.

RSVP by Tuesday, March 20.


For questions or special needs, contact University Special Events at or 414.288.7431.


This event is sponsored by the Marquette University Ethnic Alumni Association. The EAA strives to provide a professional and personal network for Marquette alumni of color; financially support scholarships on behalf of the university for students of color; foster mentoring and recruiting programs; and provide a support system to students of color attending Marquette. Learn more about EAA.

About the Forum

For academic year 2017-18, Marquette University will engage in a year-long series of events focusing on health equity. Building on last year’s theme “Freedom Dreams Now,” this year will explore health disparities, the social determinants of health, and opportunities for achieving greater equity locally and globally. Engaging students, faculty, staff, and the communities making up greater Milwaukee, Forum events will focus on several dimensions of health equity:

  • Children’s health/social determinants of health
  • Mental health: enduring stigmas and challenges
  • Global health: developing Marquette networks
  • Incarceration and health
  • Milwaukee: accessing healthcare

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This site will be updated throughout the academic year as we add events to our schedule.