Social Study of Medicine Lecture Series - 'Bitter Medicine: Case Studies of the Complexities Encountered in Global Health'

2012-03-28 by

Judd Walson is an assistant professor in global health at the University of Washington. In this talk, Walson explores three case studies of global health challenges (malnutrition, HIV and tuberculosis). Using initial contact with the health care system, Walson will explore community and social drivers of health that culminate in disease. He will discuss barriers and opportunities to address these challenges.

Discussing this talk will be Rhonda M Johnson, professor and chair in the Department of Health Sciences at UAA, and coordinator of the Master of Public Health (MPH) program geared toward northern and circumpolar health.

This talk was recorded on Friday, March 23, 2012.

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2012 Social Study of Medicine Lecture Series - 'Performing Consent: Ethics, Engaged Ethnography in Downtown eastside Vancouver'

2012-03-07 by

Dara Culhane, associate professor of anthropology at Simon Frasier University, gave this lecture based on her work in performance/arts-based ethnography and collaborative storytelling. She has conducted research with the N/amgis First Nation, Alert Bay, British Columbia and with Aboriginal women in downtown eastside Vancouver. She is author of “An Error in Judgement” (1987), “The Pleasure of the Crown” (1998) and “In Plain Sight” (2005), which was the winner of the George Ryga Award for Social Issues in Literature.

The discussant (enters the podcast at about 51 minutes in) was Dr. Phyllis Fast, who received her doctorate in anthropology from Harvard University. She is the author of “Northern Athabascan Survival: Women, Community and the Future,” (winner of the 2000 Northern Northern American Indian Prose Award. In 2006 she received the Alaska Native Writer on the Environment Award from the Alaska Conservation Foundation.

This podcast was recorded March 5, 2012.

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Bio page, UAA Department of Anthropology

Dr. David Jones, Harvard University, delivers the first UAA Social Study of Medicine Lecture

2011-12-06 by

Dr. David Jones delivered the inaugural lecture in the Social Study of Medicine Lecture Series. Dr. Thomas Hennessy, director of the CDC Arctic Investigators program, joined him to discuss how his findings apply to Alaska. The lecture topic was “The Persistence of Health Inequalities and the Challenge of Genetic Determinism.”

This new lecture series aims to bring together the perspectives of medical sociology, epidemiology, Native studies, psychology, medical humanities and cultural anthropology to address historical and contemporary themes in the study of health, healing and medicine.

This event was hosted by the Department of Anthropology and WWAMI, School of Medical Education.

Dr. Jones is the A. Bernard Ackerman Professor of the Culture of Medicine, Faculty of Arts and Sciences and the Faculty of Medicine, Harvard University. He completed his Ph.D. in History of Science at Harvard University and an M.D. at Harvard Medical School, receiving both in 2001.

His early research focused on epidemics among American indigenous peoples, resulting in a book, “Rationalizing Epidemics: Meanings and Uses of American Indian Mortality since 1600,” and many articles.

His current research explores the history of decision making in cardiac therapeutics. For more information, please contact the Department of Anthropology at (907) 786-6840.

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Dr. David Jones
Bio page, Harvard University, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
CDC Arctic Investigations Program
UAA Social Study of Medicine Lecture Series