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Mon 3/19 10:00AM - 5:00PM
Diversity in the LusoSphere: Encounters, Connections, & Communities

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

Mon 3/19 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Syndemic Diabetes: Entanglements with Poverty, Trauma, and Aids - Emily Mendenhall

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.
Tue 3/20 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Salam Neighbor Screening: Hello Neighbor Documentary Film Series

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


Thu 3/22 12:00PM - 1:00PM
Triumph through Adversity: The Tenacious Ethiopian Woman and Her Rise to Educational Success

Education in Ethiopia: Challenges Women Face in the Pursuit of Higher Education
Thursday March 22nd, 2018 - 12 – 1:30 pm Room 4217 WWPH
Triumph through Adversity: The Tenacious Ethiopian Woman and Her Rise to Educational Success

Some women will do anything to get an education. Embark on a journey of stories that will take you into the heart of a rural Ethiopian women who strives for an education. Stories that will make you laugh, cry, and be thankful for your own educational journey and appreciate the paths some women must create.Anna-Maria Karnes will share her research work in Ethiopia exploring the challenges women face in Higher Education. The numbers of women enrolled at the higher education level are very low compared to men. For example, in 2011, only 27% of all students enrolled in a university were women (Ministry of Education, 2011). In an attempt to increase access to higher education for women affirmative action provisions are being made to ensure equal rights in these universities. The government has also declared financial help to women who wish to pursue education (Prime Minister Office/women’s Affairs Sub Sector, 2004). Despite support from the UN and the Ethiopian government, women continue to face challenges of staying in school. According to Ethiopian academics. Anna-Maria will discuss her findings during her research tenure visiting Ethiopia and teaching in the university in the summer of 2016.

Thu 3/22 5:30PM - 7:45PM
Grand Rounds "How I Live" Documentary and Discussion: Pediatric Cancer in Low and Middle Income Countries
Public Health Auditorium (G23)

Children living with cancer is a tragedy made worse with insufficient infrastructure, funds, access to treatment, and trained medical professionals. Unfortunately, families caring for children with cancer in Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs) face this harsh reality, and it contributes to the low survival rate of just 20% for pediatric cancer, a stark contrast to high-income countries’ 80% survival rate. 

Join the Center for Global Health and the Global Health Student Association in viewing the new documentary film, "How I Live," which delves into the unique issues people of LMICs face. After the film, we’ll have a panel discussion with the film’s producers and global health professionals with a reception afterward.

Sponsored by the Center for Global Health, Global Health Student Association, and the Office of Student Affairs. 

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Helping Babies Breathe Master Trainer Course

Wednesday 11/29 3:00PM - 3:05PM

Helping Babies Breathe is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation technigues in such settings. It was devloped on the premise that assessment at birth and simple newborn care can save many lives.

Last Updated On Thursday, November 02, 2017 by Mauer, Rachel Michelle
Created On Friday, August 18, 2017

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