Speaker Series

With an ever-increasing passion for Global Health, students at the University of Michigan need more experience and insight into International Medicine in the 21st century. Come join our informal discussions with international researchers, physicians and UM faculty to get a modern taste of the Culture of Medicine.

Speaker Series Winter 2015

Professor Marie Lynn Miranda
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 from 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: 1339 Mason Hall

Professor Miranda is the Samuel A. Graham Dean of the School of Natural Resources and holds appointments in the Departments of Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Medical School here at the University of Michigan. She focuses on improving health outcomes for disadvantaged populations, especially children, and will share her groups’ focus on a holistic health triangle encompassing the environment, social, and host determinants of health and well-being. She is also the founding director of the Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, a research, education, and outreach program commited to fostering environments where all people can prosper. Professor Miranda was previously a faculty member at Duke University with appointments in the Nicholas School of the Environment, Department of Pediatrics, Integrated Toxicology and Environmental Health Program, and the Duke Global Health Institute.

Dr. Sofia Merajver
Wednesday, February 18th from 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: 2427 Mason Hall

Sofia Merajver, M.D. Ph.D, is a Professor of Medical Oncology at the U of M Medical School. She is engaged in the biomedical and sociocultural aspects of cancer research. She will talk about the cultural determinants of inequalities in cancer manifestations and treatment. Dr. Merajver is excited to share her perspectives on global health from a medical, research, and public health activist (saludista) perspective with students!

Speaker Series Fall 2014

Dr. Lisa Harris
Wednesday, October 1st from 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: 1300 Chemistry Building
Lisa Harris, M.D. Ph.D, is an obstetrician and gynecologist who also teaches in the Women’s Studies department here at the University of Michigan. Throughout her career, Dr. Harris has written extensively on her experience working in reproductive health, a field fraught with cultural, social and political controversies. In our discussion, she will delve into the contentious nature of reproductive health care, and will frame the conversation considering the social stigma that marks both patients and health care providers in the reproductive health field. Additionally, she is keen to explore how the charged nature of debates on reproductive health further perpetuate that very stigma.

Dr. Raymond De Vries
Wednesday, October 29th from 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: 3314 Mason Hall
Raymond De Vries, Ph.D, a bioethicist, holds appointments as a Professor at the University of Michigan in the Department of Medical Education and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology as well as the co-director of the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine. He is also visiting professor at CAPHRI School for Public Health and Primary Care, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. He will lead a discussion exploring the relationship between culture and bioethics.

Professor Eric Plemons
Thursday, November 20th from 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: 1644 International Institute/School of Social Work Building
Eric Plemons is a cultural anthropologist whose work focuses on surgical practice and the production, circulation and application of expert knowledge on gender variant bodies. Stay tuned for more info!

Speaker Series Winter 2013

Professor Scott Greer
Wednesday, February 19th from 7:00-8:00 PM
3302 Mason Hall
Scott L. Greer, Ph.D., a political scientist, does research on the consequences for health policy and the welfare state of federalism, decentralization, and European integration. He has done research on health politics and policy in the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, France, Germany and Spain as well as EU politics and policy.

Professor Elisha P. Renne
Wednesday, March 19th from 7:00-8:00 PM
3302 Mason Hall
Elisha P. Renne, Ph. D., is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Afroamerican and African Studies. Her research in Nigeria reflects her continuing interest in issues relating to medical/demographic anthropology, gender relations, religion, and textiles. Renne’s on-going work includes a study of the international polio eradication initiative in Northern Nigeria, focusing on the historical, cultural, political context of this campaign.

Professor Catherine Trundle
Thursday, April 17th from 7:00-8:00
3460 Mason Hall
Professor Catherine Trundle is a medical anthropologist on sabbatical at U-M from Victoria University of Wellington. She studies British and New Zealand nuclear test veterans’ claims to health and financial reparations for health impacts they attribute to radiation exposure.


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