Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Muhjah Shakir, Bioethics Quilt Project

Last month the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care held a conference around the 35th anniversary of the "Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male" and the 10th anniversary of President Clinton's apology for the study. You many recall that the Tuskegee Study, according the the CDC, involved:
"... 600 black men--399 with syphilis and 201 who did not have the disease. Researchers told the men they were being treated for "bad blood," a local term used to describe several ailments, including syphilis, anemia, and fatigue. In truth, they did not receive the proper treatment needed to cure their illness"
One of the speakers at the conference was Muhjah Shakir (photo from Creighton University). Her topic was "Tools for Transformation: The Bioethics Community Quilt Project." The quilt illustrated the history of the Tuskegee syphilis study. Congratulations to Sistah Shakir, who will graduate with a Ph.d in 2007. Her dissertation is titled "Women's Narrative Towards Transforming the Legacy: The Syphillis Study and the Bioethics Community Quilt Project."
I'd love to read this dissertation and see the quilt - what a great addition to African American quilt history!

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