MEDIA ADVISORY: Jerome Adams, former U.S. Surgeon General, to visit MU

Adams’ fireside chat on health inequities is the keynote event for the university’s Black History Month celebrations.

Feb. 22, 2022
Contact: Kenny Gerling, 573-882-6217,


Jerome Adams, former United States Surgeon General, will visit the University of Missouri to discuss why health inequities are a social justice issue.

The event will also feature a conversation between Adams and S. David Mitchell, the Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law at MU and co-director of the Michael A. Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship and Justice. The event will include opportunities for audience questions.

Adams’ appearance is the keynote event for Black History Month celebrations at MU. This event is free and open to the public.


Adams was confirmed as the 20th Surgeon General of the U.S. in 2017 after being nominated by President Donald Trump. Currently he is a distinguished professor, Presidential Fellow and executive director of health equity initiatives at Purdue University.


4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28.


Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union North. Virtual attendance options are also available through the registration link. All media and attendees must first register. Registration information is also available on the event page.


Before the event, Adams will be available for media interviews from 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28 in Stotler Lounge. If interested in attending, please contact Kenny Gerling at 573-882-6217 or

The event is sponsored by the University of Missouri Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity; Trulaske College of Business; International Programs; School of Law; School of Medicine; College of Education and Human Development; Honors College; Michael A. Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship and Justice; College of Arts and Science Department of Black Studies; the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy and Peace Studies.

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