Department of African and African American Studies

Escaping Melodrama: How to Think About the U.S. Public Health Service Studies in Tuskegee and Guatemala

Susan Reverby


March 21, 2018


Lurias, Hassenfeld Conference Center


Professor Reverby is an award-winning historian of American women, race, and medicine, who has written extensively on the “infamous” Tuskegee Syphilis Study. She was a member of the Tuskegee Legacy Committee that successfully lobbied President Bill Clinton to offer a public apology to the surviving men and their heirs in 1997. Her unearthing of a U.S. syphilis study conducted in Guatemala in the 1940s led to international media coverage as well as an apology by President Barack Obama’s administration to Guatemala in 2010.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Health: Science, Society, and Policy Program