In late March the school hosted a symposium examining Parran's mixed legacy from multiple perspectives. The panel discussion sought to compliment to the official review committee which is considering whether the name "Parran Hall" is consistent with the University's mission. See also:
As U.S. Surgeon General from 1936-1948, Thomas Parran was one of the most important and effective progressive voices in public health in the first half of the 20th century yet his legacy is marred by unethical venereal disease studies that were conducted by the U.S. Public Health Service under his leadership.
Dean Donald Burke recently asked Pitt's Office of Diversity and Inclusion to review whether the name Parran Hall is consistent with the University's mission to create a diverse and inclusive environment. As the ensuing committee reviews the building name, Pitt Public Health hosted a symposium that aimed to examine—from multiple perspectives—Parran's mixed legacy. Expert panelists included:
Event program (PDF)