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Harvard social scientist to give talk on March 18 as part of speaker series

David R. Williams, internationally recognized as a leading social scientist focused on social ­influences on health, will speak March 18 from 1:30-3 p.m. in Room 250 of the Miller Student Learning Center as part of the College of Education’s Race, Class, Place and Outcomes speaker series.

Williams, the Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health and professor of African and African-American studies and of sociology at Harvard University, will deliver a talk titled “Race, Place and Health: Tackling the Fundamental Causes of Disparities.”

Williams is the author of more than 250 scholarly papers in scientific journals and edited collections, and his research has appeared in leading journals in sociology, psychology, medicine, public health and epidemiology.

He has served on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals and as a reviewer for more than 60 journals. According to ISI Essential Science Indicators, he was one of the top 10 most cited researchers in the social sciences from 1995 to 2005.

Williams’ appearance as part of the RCPO speaker series is co-sponsored by the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, the School of Social Work in conjunction with the Donald L. Hollowell Professorship Lecture Series, the College of Public Health, the Office of Institutional Diversity, the College of Education’s Dean’s Council on Diversity, sociology department and the Institute for African American Studies.