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We Be Imagining: Science on Sundays (SOS) #1


We Be Imagining + Word2RI Presents

Science on Sundays (SOS)

Sunday, April 5th 8:00-9:00pm Join us by clicking this Zoom link

Featured Guest: Mass General Oncologist Dr. Aparna Parikh

Dr. Parikh will share her experience of being quarantined due to testing positive for COVID-19 and her analysis on how physicians are responding to the pandemic.

  • Word2RI + We Be Imagining will share opening commentary + upcoming events

  • Opening Performance by Advocate of Wordz, award-winning writer, educator, performer, curator, and resident artist at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café

  • SOS Host, J. Khadijah Abdurahman will be in conversation with Dr. Aparna Parikh followed by a moderated QA session with the audience


Dr. Aparna Parikh is a medical oncologist with a focus on gastrointestinal malignancies at the Massachusetts General Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School.  She has a robust clinical practice and is also involved with drug development and translational research, including work with liquid biopsies and the PI of a first of its kind national trial, funded by Stand up 2 Cancer using liquid biopsies in Stage III colon cancer. Despite academically focused on translational research, she has had a long standing commitment to efforts in enhancing the patient experience across all patient populations and particularly for enhancing access to care for otherwise marginalized patient populations. One such effort has been the launching of a training program called POETIC, for sub-Saharan African oncologists to enhance their local training. Trainees come to Boston for an intensive program designed to give them tangible clinical and research skills they can use locally but also to foster connections that will enhance their ability to care for patients in low- and middle-income countries.  She also enjoys teaching and mentoring and runs the training program for GI oncology for the Dana Farber/Mass General Cancer Center Oncology fellows at MGH. 

Advocate of Wordz is an award winning writer, educator, performer, curator, and resident artist at the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café. He has been featured in/covered by many major publications including CNN, The Los Angeles Times, PBS, and Univision. His work ranges from the seriousness of social awareness, culture, and relationships, to the mundane irreverence of social awareness, culture, and relationships. His program “Poetry in Performance,” has been a part of the 7th grade curriculum at Bank Street for Children’s School for ten years and he is a proponent of teaching kids how to talk their way out of detention.

Interested in being a guest? Have questions or suggestions? Email us: [email protected]

Earlier Event: February 22
“We Be Imagining” Launch Party
Later Event: April 6
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