The Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice will host the inaugural Memorial Lecture for Dr. Sheila Cosminsky on Thursday, January 27, 2022. Dr. Cosminsky was a former associate professor of anthropology who retired in 2013. 

Dr. Khiara M. Bridges, Anthropologist and Professor of Law at the University of California-Berkeley School of Law, will present the virtual lecture, “Imagining an Ethnography of the Reproductive Lives of Color-Privileged People of Color: Race, Class, Gender, and Prenatal Care.” The lecture will take place on January 27 at 4 p.m. To access the event, visit and use the passcode Cosminsky. 


Studies across a range of measures of wellbeing show that class privilege does not necessarily immunize racial minorities from the structures and processes that produce excess morbidity and mortality in people, communities, and populations without racial privilege. These facts invite a consideration of the complex relationship between race and class in the United States.