Re: Open Letter to APHA, re: Leana Wen [EXTERNAL]

Elisa Sobo

Thank you so much Katherine for sending this link - FYI, no firewall on my end. The op ed is short (in other words, people, it will take you only two minutes to read) and it provides good food for thought, as does your encouragement to "think about what it means [and I'll add: takes] to foster discussion." Inviting conversation doesn't always work, but still, I am reminded of Loretta Ross's position on calling in vs calling out (e.g.,, Best, EJ.

On Mon, Aug 22, 2022 at 5:17 AM Katherine Peeler via <> wrote:

Dear All,

This is my first time writing in this forum. I am not writing to encourage anyone to sign, or not sign, the letter referenced below. Each person should make their own informed choice.

But I do want to encourage all of us to think about what it means to foster dialogue rather than cancellation. An op-ed about the letter below came out in yesterday's Boston Globe (I apologize if there is a firewall - I think maybe everyone is allowed a couple of free article a month?):



Katherine Ratzan Peeler MD, MA

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion | ​Division of Medical Critical Care | Boston Children’s Hospital

Medical Director | Harvard Student Human Rights Collaborative Asylum Clinic

Department of Global Health and Social Medicine | Harvard Medical School

Center for Bioethics | Harvard Medical School

@katiehale29 |



From: <> on behalf of Dick Powis <richard.powis@...>
Sent: Friday, August 19, 2022 2:17 PM
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Subject: [society-for-medical-anthropology] Open Letter to APHA, re: Leana Wen [EXTERNAL]
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Dear Colleagues in the Health Sciences,


You may remember a few months ago, there was an open letter circulating about AAA’s choice for keynote speaker, Chris Murray, and the demand to rescind his invitation.

There is now a similar letter circulating calling for the American Public Health Association to rescind their invitation to Leana Wen. You can read that letter here and you may sign it through this Google Form if you wish. The authors will be submitting the letter to APHA on Monday morning.


Thank you!


Dick Powis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow, College of Public Health, University of South Florida 
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