Writer Villarosa to discuss inequalities faced by black mothers and babies

Linda Villarosa with Poynter logo

Linda Villarosa will discuss the inequalities faced by black mothers and babies on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at noon. The event will take place at 789 Howard Ave., in the Fitkin Amphitheater. Her talk, which free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by the Poynter Fellowship in Journalism at Yale and the Yale School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.

Villarosa is a contributing writer for The New York Times and The Root. Her work has appeared in Glamour, Health, Latina, The New York Times Book Review, O Magazine, Vibe, and Salon. Previously, she served two terms as the executive editor of Essence Magazine, a publication about the black woman’s experience.

Villarosa’s first novel, “Passing for Black,” was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award. Villarosa and her works have been honored by the American Medical Writers’ Association, The Arthur Ashe Institute, Lincoln University, the New York Association of Black Journalists, the National Women’s Political Caucus, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists’ Association, and the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center.

Villarosa has also provided editorial expertise to a series of foundations. She has trained journalists for the Kaiser Family Foundation and The Black AIDS Institute. Currently, Villarosa is the program director of the journalism department at City College of New York.

The Poynter Fellowship in Journalism was established by Nelson Poynter, who received his master’s degree in 1927 from Yale. The fellowship brings to campus distinguished reporters, editors and others who have made important contributions to the media. Among recent Poynter fellows are Anita Dunn, Leslie Jamison, and Teju Cole.

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