FSU Florida FIRST researcher co-presented a lecture on the psychological effects of slavery

Emily Stewart


TALLAHASSEE, FL- Dr. Haughbrook, an Assistant Professor from the Florida FIRST Health-Science Brigade at Florida State University (FSU), recently engaged in a thought-provoking conversation hosted by the John G. Riley Center & Museum of African American History and Culture, located in the heart of downtown Tallahassee. Dr. Haughbrook was invited to moderate this conversation based on her impressive work as a researcher and scholar in psychological and developmental differences within historically excluded groups.

The event, which took place as part of the “Evenings with the Riley Museum” lecture series, featured Dr. Haughbrook in dialogue with none other than Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. Dr. Kendi, a distinguished Professor and Scholar of Humanities at Boston University who is also the founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research.

The discussion led by Dr. Haughbrook delved deep into the intricate psychological effects of slavery, drawing insightful connections to the historical factors that have shaped the African American experience. Their engaging conversation brought to light the significance of antiracism in addressing and dismantling interpersonal racism as well as systemic racism.

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, a renowned scholar and author, has been at the forefront of the Antiracist movement, leading vital conversations and research aimed at eradicating racism in all its forms. Dr. Haughbrook’s expertise in health sciences and psychology, combined with Dr. Kendi’s profound understanding of the social and historical dimensions of racism, created a dynamic and enlightening exchange of ideas.

The event not only highlights the exceptional caliber of academic discourse taking place at FSU but also underscored Dr. Haughbrook’s dedication to her research and fostering a deeper understanding of African American history and culture.

“It was a really engaging community conversation and questions from the audience came from children, college students, and community leaders,’ said Dr. Haughbrook. “It was a necessary inter-generational community conversation.”


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