Spring 2009 Theme: Global Issues in Public Health and Foods

2008-09 Series Speakers

November 6, 2008
Helen Epstein
AIDS in Africa: the Implications of Sexual Networks for HIV Prevention, Gender Relations, and AIDS-related Stigma and Denial
Helen Epstein is author of The Invisible Cure: Why We Are Losing the Fight Against Aids in Africa. Dr. Epstein has a Ph.D. in biology from Cambridge University and writes regularly about AIDS and HIV for The New York Review of Books. The Invisible Cure was named one the 100 most notable books of 2007 by The New York Times. She is one of the world’s leading authorities on the global AIDS epidemic.

Keith Wailoo February 3, 2009
Keith Wailoo
How Cancer Crossed the Color Line: Race and Disease in America
Keith Wailoo, Martin Luther King Jr. Professor, Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research & Dept. of History Director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Rutgers University Author of Dying in the City of Blues: Sickle Cell Anemia and the Politics of Race and Health and co-author of The Troubled Dream of Genetic Medicine: Ethnicity and Innovation in Tay-Sachs, Cystic Fibrosis, Sickle Cell Disease

February 10, 2009
Shih-Ching Tsou and Sean Baker
Screening of "TAKE OUT"
followed by comments from Jose Calderon (Sociology & Chicano Studies) and Jesse Lerner (Media Studies)
Shih-Ching Tsou and Sean Baker are co-directors of “TAKE OUT" (2008), a narrative film about one day in the life of an undocumented immigrant who supports himself by delivering take out food in New York.

David Healy February 17, 2009
David Healy
The Future of Medical Care: Can Industrialized Health Care Be Made Universally Available?
For more than a decade, David Healey has been one of the world’s leading authorities on, and critics of, the way Eli Lilly marketed Prozac. More generally, Dr. Healey has called attention to the prevalent use of “ghostwriting” in the medical literature. Dr. Healey’s books include Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder and The Antidepressant Era.

March 10, 2009
Joseph Cirincione
Can Barack Obama Eliminate Nuclear Weapons?
Joseph Cirincione is president of Ploughshares Fund after having directed nonproliferation and international policy programs at the Center for American Progress and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He worked for nine years on the professional staffs of the House Committee on Armed Services and the Committee on Government Operations, and served as staff director of the bipartisan Military Reform Caucus. He teaches at the Georgetown University Graduate School of Foreign Service and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons.

March 24, 2009
Clara Martini-Briggs and Charles Briggs
Stalking Death in a Venezuelan Rain Forest: Mediatization, Indigenous Agency, & a Mysterious Disease
Clara Martini-Briggs and Charles Briggs are co-authors of Stories in the Times of Cholera: Racial Profiling During a Medical Nightmare. Clara Mantini-Briggs is Director of Fundación para las Investigaciones Aplicadas Orinoco; Charles Briggs is the Alan Dundes Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley.

March 31, 2009
E. Melanie Dupuis
The Politics of Digestion
E. Melanie Dupuis is author of Nature’s Perfect Food: How Milk Became America’s Drink and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz.

April 8, 2009
Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh
Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military
Rhoda Ann Kanaaneh is visiting scholar in the Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies Department at New York University. She has held fellowships at Harvard University, the European University Institute and Columbia University. She is the author of Birthing the Nation: Strategies of Palestinian Women in Israel (2002) and Surrounded: Palestinian Soldiers in the Israeli Military ( 2008) and is co-editor of an anthology titled Blue ID: Palestinians in Israel Revisited (forthcoming 2008).
Presented by the Scripps College Humanities Institute and the Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College.

April 21, 2009
Karen Kornbluh
21st Century Health Care: A Guide to the Looming National Debate
Karen Kornbluh served as Policy Director for President Barack Obama. In her presentation at the Center for Social Inquiry, Karen Kornbluh will present an overview of America's policy choices on health care. After her talk, there will be ample time for questions and discussion.

April 28, 2009
Christopher Otter
Global Markets, Local Pathologies: the Making of the Modern British Diet
Christopher Otter
is Professor of History, Ohio State University & author of The Victorian Eye: A Political History of Light & Vision in Britain.