Anti-Racism Reading Group

The Berman Institute’s Anti-Racism Reading Group meets bi-weekly to discuss the role of inclusion, diversity, anti-racism, and equity in the field of bioethics and our scholarship. Each meeting focuses on a specific topic within bioethics with accompanying readings.

The group is open to all and welcomes suggestions for topics of discussion. If you would like to make a suggestion or to join the group, please email [email protected].


Spring 2021

Our goal this term is to develop our understanding of the ways in which anti-racism, diversity, and equity bear on our research and teaching, across the spectrum of bioethics subfields. For each meeting of the reading group, we will select one or two articles or chapters to study and discuss. By the end of the spring term, we hope to have a list of resources that display the variety of ways in which current bioethics scholarship addresses or can address anti-racism, diversity, and equity.


Boyd, Rhea W., Edwin G. Lindo, Lachelle D. Weeks, and Monica R. McLemore. 2020. “On Racism: A New Standard For Publishing On Racial Health Inequities |.” Health Affairs Blog. July 2, 2020.

Chowkwanyun, Merlin, and Adolph L. Reed. 2020. “Racial Health Disparities and Covid-19 — Caution and Context.” New England Journal of Medicine 383 (3): 201–3.

Doubeni, Chyke A., Melissa Simon, and Alex H. Krist. 2021. “Addressing Systemic Racism Through Clinical Preventive Service Recommendations From the US Preventive Services Task Force.” JAMA 325 (7): 627.


Fall 2020

Association of Bioethics Program Directors. n.d. “ABPD Statement on Violence, COVID, and Structural Racism in American Society.” Accessed February 22, 2021.

Danis, Marion, Yolonda Wilson, and Amina White. 2016. “Bioethicists Can and Should Contribute to Addressing Racism.” The American Journal of Bioethics 16 (4): 3–12.

  • plus Open Peer Commentaries on this target article

Draper, Heather, Greg Moorlock, Wendy Rogers, and Jackie Scully, eds. 2019. “Special Issue: Bioethics and Activism.” Bioethics 33 (8): 851–52.

Jones, Carmen Phyllis. 2000. “Levels of Racism: A Theoretic Framework and a Gardener’s Tale.” American Journal of Public Health 90 (8): 1212–15.

Kaebnick, Gregory E. 2016. “Where Shall We Go?” Hastings Center Report 46 (5): 2–2.

  • this entire issue.

Klugman, Craig. n.d. “Our Response to Racism Should Not Be More Unpaid Work for Black Faculty, Part I.” Bioethics.Net. Accessed February 22, 2021.

Parsi, Kayhan. 2016. “The Unbearable Whiteness of Bioethics: Exhorting Bioethicists to Address Racism.” The American Journal of Bioethics 16 (4): 1–2.

Ray, Keisha. n.d. “Can We Teach Physician Activism?” Bioethics.Net. Accessed February 22, 2021a.

Ray, Keisha. n.d. “Our Response to Racism Should Not Be More Unpaid Work for Black Faculty, Part II.” Bioethics.Net. Accessed February 22, 2021b.

Sullivan, Laura Specker. 2020. “Trust, Risk, and Race in American Medicine.” Hastings Center Report 50 (1): 18–26.

Summer 2020

Kendi, Ibram X. 2019. How to Be an Antiracist. New York, NY: One World.