Dr. Damon Tweedy to kick off 25th year of Arthur L Johnson Urban Perspectives Lecture Series at WSU

Dr. Damon Tweedy, bestselling author and associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University, will speak at Wayne State University on Thursday, Nov. 2. The event, co-sponsored by the Wayne State University Alumni Association and Irvin D. Reid Honors College, will kick off the 25th year of the impactful Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspectives Lecture Series.  

Dr. Tweedy is a renowned public speaker who’s led dynamic discussions across the country, focusing on topics from diversity and inclusion to health and wellness. He is the author of The New York Times bestseller Black Man in a White Coat, selected by TIME magazine as one of the top 10 nonfiction books of 2015. The book examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine.

A graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, Dr. Tweedy completed both his medical internship and psychiatry residency at Duke Hospital. He is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and a staff psychiatrist at the Durham Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

“Dr. Tweedy left many of our students, faculty and staff motivated to walk into their journeys with eyes open,” said Cassandra Smith of Atlanta Metropolitan State College. “His words were uplifting, inspiring and insightful. The delivery and style of his life experiences were brilliant and well received.”

The Arthur L. Johnson Urban Perspectives Lecture Series began in 1992 and was named in honor of the civil rights leader and former WSU administrator upon his retirement. The series features distinguished corporate and civic leaders who speak on a wide range of important issues, from politics and business to law and the arts.

Until his death in 2011, Dr. Johnson dedicated his life to uplifting his fellow man and the greater community. He was widely respected both locally and nationally for his work as an educator and civil rights leader. His decades of work and countless contributions to society have left a lasting legacy, celebrated by this important lecture series.

Space for this event is limited. Secure your spot today.

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