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Responsibility for Combatting Highly Infectious Neglected Diseases - Matiangai V.S. Sirleaf

Wednesday 3/14 2:00PM - 3:30PM

Ford Institute for Human Security and GSPIA present "Responsibility for Combatting Highly Infectious Neglected Diseases," a lecture by Matiangai V.S. Sirleaf, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Winner of 2017-18 Ford Institute Research Grant for Faculty. 

This event will be Wednesday, March 14, 2018 from 2 - 3:30 pm in the Alcoa Room in the Barco Law Building on Pitt's Campus. 

Professor Sirleaf will discuss how neglected infectious diseases force us to grapple with several questions:
- When do international actors become responsible for ensuring the right to health?
- When should international actors be responsible for any mistakes, omissions, or actions that result in massive health violations?
- What should such responsibility look like for international actors?


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Tue 3/20/18
Salam Neighbor Screening: Hello Neighbor Documentary Film Series Center for Global Health Film
Salam Neighbor Screening: Hello Neighbor Documentary Film Series
Tue 3/20 8:00PM - 10:00PM

Global Studies Center on behalf of The Ridgeway Center and Hello Neighbor. In an effort to better understand refugee life, [the filmmakers] spent one month living alongside displaced families in the Za’atari refugee camp. As the first filmmakers ever allowed by the United Nations to be given a tent and registered inside a refugee camp, [they] were able to get a never before seen look into the world’s most pressing crisis. [Their] experience uncovered overwhelming trauma but also the untapped potential our uprooted neighbors posses. With the right programs we can support healing, ease the burden on host countries and even empower the disenfranchised by unleashing people’s creativity.

Location TBD


Mon 3/19/18
Syndemic Diabetes: Entanglements with Poverty, Trauma, and Aids - Emily Mendenhall Center for Global Health Lecture
Syndemic Diabetes: Entanglements with Poverty, Trauma, and Aids - Emily Mendenhall
Mon 3/19 3:00PM - 5:00PM

Join the Asian Studies Center for "Syndemic Diabetes: Entanglement with Poverty, Trauma, and Aids" with Emily Mendenhall, Assistant Professor of Global Health at Georgetown University. The event will be held at 3 pm, Monday, March 19 in 4217 Posvar Hall.

Dr. Mendenhall will introduce the concept of syndemics, a theory of how social and health problems travel together within and between populations. She will discuss the concept of syndemic diabetes (type 2) through a discussion of her mixed methods research among low-income urban communities in the United States, India, South Africa, and Kenya. In doing so, she argues that it is impossible to understand diabetes in such contexts without taking seriously the implications of poverty, trauma, mental illness, and AIDS.
EMILY MENDENHALL is a medical anthropologist who writes about how social trauma, poverty, and social exclusion become embodied in chronic mental and physical illness. Dr. Mendenhall’s first book, “Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes among Mexican Immigrant Women,” considers how poverty, immigration, and interpersonal violence become embodied in depression and Type 2 diabetes. This research inspired comparative projects in India, South Africa, and Kenya, which are the focus of her forthcoming book (2019), “Rethinking Diabetes: Entanglements of Poverty, Trauma, and AIDS.” Syndemics was also the topic of a Series of articles Dr. Mendenhall led in the Lancet last year. In 2017, she was awarded the George Foster Practicing Medical Anthropology Award by the Society for Medical Anthropology.
Mon 3/19/18
Diversity in the LusoSphere: Encounters, Connections, & Communities Center for Global Health Seminar Series
Diversity in the LusoSphere: Encounters, Connections, & Communities
Mon 3/19 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Location: TBD
Event Contact: Luis Bravo,

Nine countries from all around the world have Portuguese as an official language, namely Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, East Timor, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Portugal, and São Tomé and Príncipe. Portuguese is also one of the official languages in Macau Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China. Therefore, this seminar aims to explore the amazing diversity of culture and history in the Lusosphere. We will celebrate cultures, identities, and the many voices of the Portuguese-speaking world. The possibility of discussing the meanings of the Portuguese language in its diversity of sociolinguistic and cultural contexts is a way to promote intercultural dialogue for joint and meaningful construction of knowledge.

The goal is to create an environment where specialists can share the results of their research, along with undergraduate/graduate students who will have the chance to share their ideas about cultural practices, products, and perspectives in Portuguese. From a variety of perspectives, we intend to incorporate new avenues, new theoretical and methodological paradigms, and new advancements in the areas of language, literature, culture, and education. By contributing their work to the seminar these participants will serve to expand Lusophone interculturality.

The seminar will provide an opportunity to communicate informed views and suggestions to an audience seeking to gain new insights into the cultures of the Lusosphere. Attendees will be inspired to learn (or expand their knowledge of) Portuguese language and Lusophone communities. We aim to learn more about this exciting area, exchange stories of success and failure, socialize, and start new collaborations. The objectives of this conference are to put side-by-side scientific investigations and professional experiences, and to revisit cultural production in general in the Lusophone world. We also hope that this event will have an impact on language educators at all levels of teaching and help their students to succeed in their language learning process. This event offers insight into the current state of Portuguese language teaching practices and language teaching perceptions through the dialogue between students and educators.

Sponsored by:Center for Latin American Studies and European Studies Center along with University Center for Int'l Studies (UCIS), the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literatures and The Brazilian Consulate in New York

Fri 3/16/18 to Sun 3/18/18
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 2018 Annual Global Health Conference Center for Global Health Conference
Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) 2018 Annual Global Health Conference
Fri 3/16 11:40AM to Sun 3/18 11:45AM

Fri 3/16/18 to Sun 3/18/18
9th Annual CUGH Conference: Health Disparities: A Time for Action Center for Global Health Conference
9th Annual CUGH Conference: Health Disparities: A Time for Action
Fri 3/16 8:00AM to Sun 3/18 4:00PM

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