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Harvard’s Poussaint to deliver Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture

Oct. 8, 2012, 1:27 PM

Alvin Poussaint, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and faculty associate dean for Student Affairs at Harvard Medical School, will deliver Vanderbilt University School of Medicine’s 11th annual Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 16, in 208 Light Hall.

Alvin Poussaint, M.D.

Poussaint is widely recognized as an expert on race relations in America. He has experiences that range from serving as chief resident in Psychiatry at UCLA in 1964-65 to serving as southern field director of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in Jackson, Miss., providing medical care to Civil Rights workers in the 1960s, to serving as a consultant to Bill Cosby on “The Cosby Show” and co-authoring the book “Come on People” with Cosby.

The title of Poussaint’s talk is “Moving Forward: The Obstacles that Remain.”

The lecture honors Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., a prominent cardiac surgeon and the first African-American student to be admitted to and graduate from VUSM.

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