On the evening of May 26, MainPAC presented Dr. Jonathan Metzl in a special reception and then a general presentation. The evening, despite a few hiccups, was a tremendous success, thanks to Dr. Metzl, the MainPAC Committee, and all of our patrons and supporters.
Dr. Jonathan Metzl is a professor, psychiatrist, KC native and noted author of Dying of Whiteness: How the politics of racial resentment is killing America's Heartland. Based on research undertaken in Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee, Dr. Metzl shows how many lower and middle class white Americans are drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But as Dying of Whiteness shows, the policies that result actually place white Americans at ever-greater risk of sickness and death.
Dr. Metzl is a Professor and the Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University, a Psychiatrist, and the Research Director of The Safe Tennessee Project, a non-partisan, volunteer-based organization that is concerned with gun-related injuries and fatalities in America and in Tennessee.
In addition, he has contributed extensively to highly respected professional publications. Dr. Metzl talks, writes and teaches about topics including Mental Illness and Gun Violence, with a particular focus on Gender and Race.
Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland is a 2019 non-fiction book written by Dr. Metzl, based on research undertaken in Missouri, Tennessee and Kansas from 2013 to 2018.
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