“Rethinking Inequalities and Differences in Medicine,” an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities and the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, will be held in Nashville from April 29 to May 1, 2005.

Over the last decade, two interconnected issues have occupied a rapidly growing place in social studies of medicine: disparities in health and health care, and cultural differences that affect health-related behaviors and patients’ interactions with the health-care system. These topics have proved remarkably fruitful as subjects for research and teaching. Yet the underlying concepts and assumptions have rarely received the critical reexamination they deserve.

This conference will bring together scholars from multiple disciplines to share and discuss new approaches to the study of inequalities and differences in edicine. The keynote speakers will be David R. Williams (Departments of Sociology and Epidemiology, University of Michigan), a leading authority on race-based disparities in American health care; and physician and medical anthropologist Vinh-Kim Nguyen (Department of Social Studies and Medicine, McGill University Faculty of Medicine), whose research focuses on the HIV epidemic in West Africa.

The program, registration form, and hotel information can be found at: <>

There is no charge for registration. You are asked to register, however, if you plan to attend.