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Columbia: Historian Tackles Topic of Lead Poisoning at Forum on February 11

Dr. David Rosner, Ronald H. Lauterstein Professor of Sociomedical Sciences at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, will take part in a conversation on the threat of lead poisoning to the health of residents of Brooklyn and throughout New York City. Dr. Rosner will share the tainted history of decaying walls and aging infrastructure that are a particular risk to children and communities that have been historically marginalized by structural inequalities in a discussion with legal experts at North Manhattan Improvement Corporation, an activist in the fight against lead poisoning, and the Director of Lead Poisoning Prevention and Treatment at Montefiore Children’s Hospital. The talk will focus on the efforts being made to treat illnesses caused by lead, to hold industrial interests accountable, and to secure the future of healthy communities in NYC.

Dr. Rosner is co-director of the Center for the History & Ethics of Public Health at Columbia Mailman and co-leads the ToxicDocs project, a dataset and website, that contain millions of pages of previously secret documents about toxic substances.

An authority on occupational health and industrial disease, and the effects of lead in paint, Dr. Rosner co-authored the books “Lead Wars: The Politics of Science and the Fate of America’s Children” and “Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution.” He has been a key witness in court cases where historical evidence was from research conducted for these books.

The program will be moderated by WNYC’s Mr. Christopher Werth, whose reporting on lead poisoning has spurred citywide inspections of classrooms and other facilities. The talk is presented in connection with Taking Care of Brooklyn: Stories of Sickness and Health at the Brooklyn Historical Society on February 11.

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