Lansdowne Lecture Series - Dr. Monica J. Casper



A sociologist and bioethicist, Dr. Casper is a renowned women’s health scholar. Her newest book is Babylost: Racism, Survival, and the Quiet Politics of Infant Mortality, from A to Z. In this lecture, she frames infant death in the context of quantitative governance of health disparities, asking how we might better understand – and respond to – preventable infant mortality. She suggests that numbers, in their abstraction, bleed grief and loss from infant death, and thus limit our capacity to respond effectively. Stories and images are, she argues, more compelling.


THIS IS A FREE AND IN-PERSON EVENT AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For disabilty accommodations, please contact the Sociology Department at 250-472-4949 or by email at