Our Symposium Lunch…Explained

As you know, our Global Health Symposium will take place next Friday, February 6th and Saturday, February 7th. This symposium represents the culmination of over a year of preparation and we are extremely excited to experience the results! If you haven’t already noticed, we will provide all attendees with a free lunch, we only ask that you actually attend our symposium. In order to keep the lunch session in line with the interdisciplinary and student-oriented nature of our symposium and in an attempt to foster further dialogue between undergraduates, graduates, and professors attending, we plan on placing attending professors, this includes speakers and other professors, at specific tables and then allowing students to fill in the empty slots. This will allow students and professors from a variety of disciplines to share a meal, as well as an unstructured conversation. This guarantees a maximum of 7 students to one professor and will give students an experience uncommon to many undergraduate courses here at U of M. Students are encouraged to ask professors a variety of questions from how to they got to where they are to why they prefer a particular desert topping. We are excited to see you all there!

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“Depression, the secret we share” TED Talk

Hi everyone! My psychopathology professor showed this great example of cultural psychopathology in class today, and I thought I’d share it with you all. The whole clip is interesting, but I think the most pertinent portion to CMC is 15:27 -16:40. If you have a minute (literally), take a look! The speaker is Andrew Solomon, a writer and lecturer on psychology, politics, and the arts. He is also winner of the National Book Award and an activist in LGBT rights, mental health, and the arts. I read his book Far From the Tree, and it was fantastic. You should look it up sometime! Anyway, here’s the clip:

CMC Presents: Dr. Catherine Trundle Unresolved Exposure: Nuclear Test Veteran’s Battle for Health Reparations

Dr. Catherine Trundle, an anthropologist from Victoria University of Wellington, is coming to present to CMC on her recent research of British and New Zealand nuclear test veterans claims to increased healthcare entitlements for their exposure to radiation and other harmful environments. She will offer unique perspectives on issues with which many of us are not familiar. Dr. Trundle is examining this issue from a medical anthropologist’s point of view, but taking into account ethical and political responsibility and obligations. For her research on this subject, she has been awarded a Royal Society Marsden Grant.

Dr. Trundle has other research interests in political anthropology, especially within the issues of citizenship, as well as the ethics of responsibility and volunteerism. She wrote her doctoral research on how expat American communities in Florence, Italy participated in charity practices for other migrant communities. Later this year, she will have a book published on this experience called Americans in Tuscany: Charity, Compassion and Belonging.

The presentation will be held 7-8 pm Thursday, April 17, 2014 at 3460 Mason Hall

This is a great opportunity to get more exposed to global health and politics, so check it out!

Link to Dr. Trundle’s page:  http://www.victoria.ac.nz/sacs/about/staff/catherine-trundle