The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills

Dec 7, 6:00PM – 7:30PM

Join us for a discussion with Dr. David Ansell, author of The Death Gap: How Inequality Kills and Board President of the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force.

"While the contrasts and disparities among Chicago’s communities are particularly stark, the death gap is truly a nationwide epidemic—as Ansell shows, there is a thirty-five-year difference in life expectancy between the healthiest and wealthiest and the poorest and sickest American neighborhoods. If you are poor, where you live in America can dictate when you die. It doesn’t need to be this way; such divisions are not inevitable. Ansell calls out the social and cultural arguments that have been raised as ways of explaining or excusing these gaps, and he lays bare the structural violence—the racism, economic exploitation, and discrimination—that is really to blame. Inequality is a disease, Ansell argues, and we need to treat and eradicate it as we would any major illness. To do so, he outlines a vision that will provide the foundation for a healthier nation—for all."

 - The University of Chicago Press

From the exhibition “Take Care”