ASEH-UHA Roundtable: Urban Public Health and the Fight Against Lead Poisoning: Implications for the Age of the Coronavirus

  • 22 Apr 2021
  • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Zoom



Join us on Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 2:30 PM EST for:

"Urban Public Health and the Fight Against Lead Poisoning: Implications for the Age of the Coronavirus", a virtual roundtable collaboration between the American Society for Environmental History and the Urban History Association. 

This interdisciplinary roundtable will explore urban and environmental inequalities, specifically the way in which urban built environments create illness in the past and present. Spatial segregation and unequal, discriminatory housing policies have long confined non-white communities to districts with poor housing stock and limited access to public health resources. The roundtable will consider racism, government responses to health threats, and public health activism in both twentieth century activism against lead paint and new concerns over housing and health threats created by COVID-19. The roundtable will also consider how the health risks of poor housing in the past can illustrate historical roots of seemingly new challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic for urban Black communities.

Dr. Taylor Desloge, Washington University.
Dr. Johanna Fernandez, Baruch College, CUNY
Dr. Robert Gioielli, University of Cincinnati

Comment: Dr. Mindy Fullilove, The New School.
Moderator: Dr. Kara Schlichting, Queens College, CUNY

This event was organized in partnership between the Urban History Association and the American Society for Environmental History. 

How to register: 
This roundtable will be held virtually via Zoom. All attendees must register in advance. Once you do so, you will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link. You will also receive a reminder email a few days before the event. 

When you register, please do not share your confirmation email or the Zoom link with anyone else. If you know others who may want to join this event, please send them this event link and encourage them to sign up on their own. We will not permit entry to anyone who has not registered in advance. 

Please direct any questions about this event to Hope Shannon, UHA Executive Director, at

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