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Ebola and Structural Violence - Eugene Richardson & Paul Farmer - Health Across Borders Keynote Presentation

When: Thursday, June 3, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students


Contact: Myria Knox   (312) 503-7962

Group: Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities Events

Co-Sponsor: Havey Institute for Global Health
Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM)

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Cosponsored by the Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities, the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM), and the Institute for Global Health Studies


Eugene Richardson, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine; Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Global Health Equity, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Author of Epidemic Illusions: On the Coloniality of Global Public Health (2020)

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD
Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Author of Fevers, Feuds, and Diamonds: Ebola and the Ravages of History (2020)

How do the specific histories and practices of global public health fundamentally shape the way epidemics unfold and inequality deepens? Our two physician-anthropologists speakers, Eugene Richardson and Paul Farmer, have engaged this question together over many years, working not only on the clinical frontlines of Ebola epidemics, but crafting analytic frameworks with which to make sense of those experiences. Join us as they draw on their respective new books to offer on-the-ground insights and critical tools for re-thinking the relationships—and lines of responsibility—between epidemics, inequality, and the field of public health.


This is the Keynote Presentation of the Health Across Borders: Bioethics & Medical Humanities Conference Series
June 3–July 8, 2021 • Thursdays 12-1pm • Online

This year the Northwestern Bioethics & Medical Humanities annual conference will be held as a series of one-hour virtual sessions, spread over five weeks. The theme was chosen in 2019 to stimulate conversation around how borders, both geographic and conceptual, can establish inclusion and exclusion, unity and conflict—ideas that have taken on new dimensions and urgency in the past year. Following the keynote, each week will feature a three or four brief presentations on the theme or other current work in the field of bioethics and medical humanities.

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