Author Talk: "Weathering: The Extraordinary Stress of Ordinary Life in an Unjust Society"
Learn how the trauma and stress of structural inequities impact health outcomes
Renowned public health researcher Dr. Arline T. Geronimus explores the ways in which systemic injustice erodes the health of marginalized people. In recognition of Public Health Awareness Week, join the Library for a conversation between the author, Arlington County Public Health Director Reuben Varghese and Library Director Diane Kresh.
The conversation will be followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.
Copies of the book will be available for sale, courtesy of One More Page Books.
RSVP to receive an event reminder email. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The event will also be livestreamed and available as a recording for 90 days on Arlington County's Youtube channel; please RSVP to receive the online link.
For more information, contact LibraryPrograms@arlingtonva.us
About the Book:
Dr. Arline T. Geronimus coined the term “weathering” to describe the effects of systemic oppression—including racism and classism—on the body. In Weathering, based on more than 30 years of research, she argues that health and aging have more to do with how society treats us than how well we take care of ourselves. She explains what happens to human bodies as they attempt to withstand and overcome the challenges and insults that society leverages at them, and details how this process ravages their health. And she proposes solutions.
About the Author:
Dr. Geronimus originated an analytic framework, "weathering," that posits that the health of African Americans and other culturally oppressed or economically exploited populations is subject to early health deterioration as a consequence of social exclusion; much of her scholarly work is related to developing and testing this structurally-rooted biopsychosocial conceptual framework.