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How to be an Antiracist

October 15, 2020

Penn's Village gathered for a panel discussion of Brene Brown’s podcast interview with Ibram X. Kendi, the New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. 


The podcast centers on racial disparities, policy, and equality, but really focuses on the book, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.


The panel consisted of Delores Brisbon, Eve Higginbotham, and Ezelle Sanford and will be moderated by Peter Schoenbach on behalf of Penn’s Village’s Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee. 


Attendees were encouraged to listen to the podcast in preparation for the discussion, which can be found for free and played on your computer or other device at: or anywhere you get your podcasts.

Dr. Delores F. Brisbon is currently Senior Adviser to the In Trust Center for Theological Education, a coordinating agency for the Lilly Endowment. 

Dr. Brisbon's experience in theological education spans more than twenty years, having provided governance enhancement processes to divinity schools across America. For more than thirty years, Dr. Brisbon served the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, retiring as the Chief Operations Officer in 1987. 

In addition to many professional articles, Dr. Brisbon has published a two-part memoir detailing her life of eight decades.

Dr. Eve Higginbotham is the inaugural Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. 

A graduate of MIT and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Higginbotham completed her residency in ophthalmology at the LSU Eye Center and fellowship training in the subspecialty of glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. 

In 2020, she completed a Master of Law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.

Dr. Ezelle Sanford III is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Program on Race, Science, and Society (PRSS) at the University of Pennsylvania. There he manages the Penn Medicine and the Afterlives of Slavery project (PMAS) while also working on a book project, “Segregated Medicine: How Racial Politics Shaped American Health Care.” 

Dr. Sanford obtained his Ph.D. in History and History of Science from Princeton University and is an alumnus of Washington University in St. Louis. He specializes in the history of modern medicine and public health, African American history from emancipation to the present, and twentieth-century United States history.