Public Engagement

General Public

Changing the Face of Medicine: Black Women in Medicine with Crystal Emery

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

To close out Women's History Month, The School Media Studies will host a screening of Changing the Face of Medicine: Black Women in Medicinea one-hour documentary film by Crystal Emery, Media Studies alumna, followed by a panel discussion.

Prior to the screening, there will be a reception and book signing for Against All Odds: Celebrating Black Women in Medicine, by Crystal Emery. The book is a biographical essay of 140 African American women doctors. 

Book Signing and Reception - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.:
Dr. Ruth Reid-Thornton, MD. 
Dr. Travelle Franklin Ford Ellis, MD, PhD.

Film Screening at 7:00 p.m. with panel discussion to follow

Panelists Include:
Dr. Doris Chang, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Graduate Studies, The New School for Social Research
Dr. Aletha Maybank, Associate Commissioner, NYC Dept of Health and Mental Hygiene - ‎Center for Health Equity

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About the film:

Changing the Face of Medicine: Black Women in Medicine is a groundbreaking multimedia documentary project and educational initiative that celebrates the history, status and future of women of color in medicine. Audiences interact with compelling video footage, photography and educational programming cultivated through the lens of producer and director, Crystal Emery. Changing the Face of Medicine tells the stories of Black women doctors by following their journeys from inequality to excellence. By introducing their stories to the greater medical community and our society at large, Changing the Face of Medicine acts as an agent of social change and inspires a new generation of doctors of all races and genders. Comprised of a documentary film, a book of biographical photo-essays, and a National Educational Initiative, Changing the Face of Medicine brings a crucial message to a diverse audience. Built from the achievements, intelligence, and grace of over 100 Black women doctors, the project has been described by Filmmaker Bill Duke as an “educational and artistic tour de force.” 

Hosted by Media Studies Professor, Michelle Materre

Co-sponsors: The School of Media Studies, The Bachelors Program for Adult and Transfer Students and Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, at The New School.

Event Type

Film and Media Screenings


General Public


Humanity, Society, Social Justice


Schools of Public Engagement, School of Media Studies


Film, Race and Ethnicity, Gender and Sexuality


Free; RSVP is required.

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By Train:
The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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