Wright to deliver 2015 Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture

John A. Wright, PhD, author and historian, will speak at the 20th annual Homer G. Phillips Public Health Lecture Series at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis on Oct. 23. His talk is titled “Homer G. Phillips and the Ville: Celebrating the Legacy.”

The lecture will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the Eric P. Newman Education Center, 320 S. Euclid Ave., on the Medical Campus. A reception and dinner, which begin at 6 p.m., will precede the lecture.

The event is free and open to the public, but participants are asked to preregister by Monday, Oct. 19. To register, contact the Office of Diversity Programs at 314-362-6854 or medschooldiversity@wusm.wustl.edu.

Wright is the author of 13 books about regional history,
including “The Ville, St. Louis,” “Discovering African American St.
Louis” and “St. Louis: Disappearing Black Communities.” He also has a long and distinguished career as a St. Louis academic leader. He previously served as assistant superintendent for the Ferguson-Florissant School District and as interim superintendent of St. Louis Public Schools and of the Normandy School District.

This public health lecture series is named in honor of the historic Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis, formerly a premier training ground for African-American medical professionals. The hospital closed Aug. 17, 1979. The building now houses the Homer G. Phillips Senior Living Community.

Free parking for the conference will be available on surface lots, and validated parking will be available in the Metro Garage and in the North Garage, across the street from the Center for Advanced Medicine. Bring parking cards to the lobby.