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An Adventures in Ideas EXPRESS seminar offered in conjunction with UNC’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Humanitarianism is one of our greatest virtues, and yet the world remains a profoundly unhealthy place for many people. Access to healthcare, birth control, and other human needs throughout the world is complicated by cultural differences whereby good intentions often get lost in translation. This seminar will examine challenges to administering “global health” to local populations. It will feature talks on cultural challenges facing the organization Médecins sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders), the history of treating HIV/AIDS in Africa, the difficulties of instituting a family planning regime in Russia, and the struggle against domestic violence in India. In each case, we’ll focus on the need for cross-cultural understanding, empathy, and communication to ensure positive outcomes.  This innovative seminar—offered in a new shorter “express” format—is the first of our Institute for the Arts and Humanities’ Faculty Fellow designed seminars featuring work from UNC’s finest scholars.

Topics & Speakers

Doctors Without Borders and the Challenge of Global Action
Peter Redfield, Professor of Anthropology

Historical Perspectives on the Effort to Combat HIV/AIDS in Africa
Lydia Boyd, Assistant Professor of African, African-American, and Diaspora Studies

Suicide and Domestic Violence among Women in India’s “Model of Development”
Jocelyn Lim Chua, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, 2013 IAH Faculty Fellow

International Family Planning, Anti-Abortion Movements, and the Unmaking of Russia’s Abortion Paradigm
Michele Rivkin-Fish, Associate Professor of Anthropology, 2013 IAH Faculty Fellow

Communicating and Delivering Health Across Cultures
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost

1:45 – 6:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014. The tuition is $50. Discounts do not apply to this event.

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Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

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