4th Annual Beyond the Knife Endowed Lectureship

Beyond the Knife Lecture on Thursday, February 22, 2024 at 5:30 p.m. with keynote speaker Deadris T. Williams.

The University at Buffalo Department of Surgery presents the 4th Annual Beyond the Knife Lecture in Social Justice and Health Equity.

Speaker: Professor Deadric T. Williams 

Title: Structural Racism and Persistent Racial Inequality 


Date and Time

Our Annual Beyond the Knife in Social Justice and Health Equity
endowed lecture will be held on Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at the M&T Lecture Hall, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.


A Zoom link will be provided to those unable to attend the in-person event.

Keynote Speaker

Deadric T. Williams, PhD.

Deadric T. Williams, PhD

Deadric T. Williams, PhD is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A scholar on the rise, Dr. Williams’s research lies at the intersection of racism, families, and inequality. His current work has garnered attention for its radical reimagining of racial inequality in family life, which not only critiques conventional approaches but also offers a path forward by applying critical race theory to family research. Dr. Williams’s work has been published in the Journal of Marriage and Family; Journal of Family Issues; Family Relations; Social Problems; and Population Research and Policy Review, among others. Dr. Williams is also engaged in public scholarship, with articles featured in The Nation and The Conversation.

Dr. Williams earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his studies, he was named an American Sociological Association Minority Fellow. Upon completion of his doctorate, he was a postdoctoral researcher in minority health disparities at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Williams was recently selected as a prestigious William T. Grant Scholar, and his research has also been supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

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