Culture & Conversation: Rejecting the Single Story

Thursday, February 15 2018 @ 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

Walther Hall (R3) ,303

Presenter(s): Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS
Audience: IUSM faculty, students, and staff


In the wake of recent disparaging remarks about Africa, Haiti, and South American countries, our session will contend with the topic of ‘single stories’ and stereotypes. We will consider their detrimental and dehumanizing impact on our relationships with our colleagues, communities, and patients. We will watch Chimamanda Adichie’s 2009 TedTalk entiled, “The Danger of a Single Story;” then engage in a facilitated discussion of the topic as it relates to the importance of representative diversity; the cultivation of cultural humility; and the promotion of an inclusive climate on our campus.  

About the presenter:

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, MD, MPH, MS is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. Originally from Atlanta, GA, she received her undergraduate degree in Community Health and African American Studies at Brown University. She went on to receive her medical degree from Brown Medical School, and, concurrently, completed a Master’s in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health with a concentration in Quantitative Methods. Her work currently focuses on communication and decision-making in the management of periviable deliveries–when end-of-life decisions are made at the very beginning of life. To-date, she has published nearly 20 studies utilizing retrospective cohorts, survey research, conjoint analysis, semi-structured interviews, simulation, and community-based participatory research methodologies. She currently serves as a member of the IUSM Diversity Council and the Medicaid Medical Advisory Cabinet to the Indiana Office of Medicaid Policy and Planning. She was also recently named a new Assistant Dean for Diversity Affairs, with a focus on Faculty Development. She currently serves as the Legislative Affairs Chairperson for Indiana ACOG and has also served on the ACOG Committee on Ethics. 

This event is sponsored by the IUSM Office of Diversity Affairs . If you have questions about this event please contact the office at 317-274-1939 or by email at