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Ethical and responsible AI seminar

February 6 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm

Join Meharry SACS for a special seminar on ethical and responsible AI in medical systems.

Guest speaker:
Imanni Sheppard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, and Co-Director, Bioethics and medical humanities thread,
UIUC Carle Illinois College of Medicine

Director of Medical Education and Social Scientific Research
The Medical Humanities and Health Disparities Institute


Presentation Title

Humanistic exchange or simply a human interface: examining the progress of medicine in the framework of inequity

Throughout the history of medicine, novel medical technologies have traditionally been highlighted within the framework of “progress.” However, the ambiguity of medical “progress” and the extent to which it has been historically inequitable and racialized should task the medical community with reevaluating how we shape, define, manifest, and distribute the actualities of that “progress”–or the narrative of medical “progress.”

As we delve deeper into the age of technology and specifically the normalized use of AI, we should inherently nuance the role of medical bias, dehumanization, and stigma, for example, in shaping health disparities and medical inequities under the guise of technological objectivity. This webinar will begin that process and ask you to examine the intersection of subjectivity with the legitimization of technologically situated health disparities. 

About Imanni Sheppard, Ph.D.

Dr. Sheppard is an alumna of the University of New Orleans and the University of Houston– where she received her Bachelors degree in biological anthropology and her Masters degree in medical anthropology, respectively. Thereafter, she continued her education at the University of Texas Medical Branch where (upon graduation) she became the first African American in the United States with a Ph.D. in the medical humanities. 

Additionally, Dr. Sheppard is a member of Xavier University’s Community Advisory Board for the College of Pharmacy’s Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education, an op-ed fellow, and a newly appointed ambassador for the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Collaborative for Health Equity: to Act, Research, and Generate Evidence (CHARGE).Dr. Sheppard’s scholarly works include authorship of: Health, Healing, and Hurricane Katrina: A Critical Analysis of Psychosomatic Illness in Survivors; “Embodied Trauma and the Dissociation of the Self” in Dark Denials and Domestic Violence; presentation of her work entitled “Medical Inequity and Health Disparities as Thanatopolitics: The Socio-medical Impact of Intergenerational Racialization” at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France; and a the book “The Parallax of Medical “Progress.”


This seminar series is made possible through funding from NSF Award #2334391 and RCMI Program in Health Disparities Research at Meharry Medical College, NIH Supplement Award: 3U54MD007586-37S3.