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Spring 2016

“‘Can We Stop Talking about Birth Control Yet?’ ‘Gypsy’ Bodies as European Problems”
A public lecture by
Elana Resnick, PhD Candidate in Anthropology, University of Michigan

Tuesday, April 12, 2016
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Storrs Campus
Dodd 162

Abstract: Why does Europe care so much about Romani (“Gypsy”) birth control methods? Since joining the European Union (EU) in 2007, Bulgaria has been required to implement EU-mandated health and social integration policies. One response to this mandate has involved programs centering on Romani women and, in particular, their reproductive health. In effect, Romani women’s bodies and choice of birth control have become vehicles for Bulgaria to achieve EU-mandated goals regarding human rights and minority integration. Drawing on participant-observation with Romani women street sweepers and local NGO representatives, I discuss how Romani women interpret European Union health policies, especially in light of recent anti-Roma protests that emphasize “saving” the Bulgarian state from “Gypsy overpopulation.”

Elana Resnick is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently completing her dissertation, “Nothing Ever Perishes: Waste, Race, and Transformation in an Expanding European Union,” which traces connections between material garbage and metaphors of “social trash” in Bulgaria. Her work has received support from Fulbright-Hays, the Council for European Studies, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, and the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe.

This event is sponsored by HRI’s Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights, with co-sponsorship from the Department of Anthropology and the Program in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Panel Discussion on “Health, Equity, and Human Rights: What’s the Added Value of a Rights-Based Approach?”
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Law School
Janet M. Blumberg Hall, Hosmer Hall

What is a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to health? How can HRBAs strengthen efforts by community based organizations and other health advocates to tackle the grave health disparities, inequalities, and inequities facing our city, our state, and our nation?

Please join us for a frank conversation about these questions involving internationally renowned experts in health and human rights — Alicia Ely Yamin (Harvard), Audrey Chapman (UConn Health Center), and Alice Miller (Yale) — and Hartford’s own Grace Damio, a veteran community health practitioner, researcher, and advocate (Hispanic Health Council).

Panelists:
Alicia Ely Yamin, JD, MPH — Director of the JD/MPH Program and Policy Director of the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; 2016 Gladstein Visiting Professor at UConn’s Human Rights Institute

Audrey Chapman, PhD — Professor of Community Medicine & Health Care and UConn Health Center Auxiliary/Joseph M. Healey, Jr. Chair in Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Division of Public Health Law & Ethics, UConn Health Center

Grace Damio, MS — Director of Research and Training at the Hispanic Health Council

Alice Miller, JD — Associate Research Scholar in Law, Clinical Professor of Epidemiology, and Co-Director of the Global Health Justice Partnership at Yale Schools of Law & Public Health (Moderator)

This event is co-sponsored by the HRI Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights, UConn Law School, and the Health Disparities Institute at UConn Health Center.

Fall 2015

“The European “Migration Crisis” and the Human Right to Health: Observations from Germany”
Michael Knipper, MD, PhD (Justus Leibig University, Giessen, Germany)

Thursday, December 3, 2015
12:30pm – 2:00pm
Storrs Campus
Class of ’47 Room (Babbidge Library)

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 12:30 pm Class of ’47 Room, Babbidge Library Light refreshments will be served

According to current estimates, Germany expects to receive up to 1 million refugees and asylum seekers in 2015. Feelings of “crisis” are omnipresent. Growing concerns involve the country’s capacity to respond, the possibility of growing xenophobia, and new forms of pressure on German society’s moral and civic values. What does the “human right to health” mean when unexpected numbers of immigrants must be received, accommodated, and provided assistance and health care? To what extent does Germany — a country proud of its high level of social, economic and political development and the rule of law — comply with internationally established human rights standards on its own soil? This presentation will offer a personal account based on ongoing participant observation in the city of Giessen, which hosts one of the largest reception centers for refugees in Germany. Dr. Michael Knipper is University Lecturer for Medical History, Anthropology, and Ethics at the Institute of the History of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Medical School. He is currently chairing a German expert consultant group for the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) charged with developing a migrant health strand and preparing a country report on migrants’ health in Germany (for the International Organization for Migration [IOM] & the European Union). In 2014, Dr. Knipper was awarded the prestigious “Ars Legendi” Faculty Prize for Excellence in Medical Teaching.

Cesar Abadia-Barrero, UCHI Fellows Formal Talk
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
4:00pm – 5:30pm
Storrs Campus
Austin, Room 301

UCHI’s Faculty Fellow, Cesar Abadia-Barrero will present a public talk entitled: “Kangaroo Mother Care: A Post-Colonial Medical Innovation” on October 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm. For more information please go to: http://humanities.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/785/2015/09/ABADIA-BARRERO.pdf
The talk is Co-Sponsored by the Research Program in Global Health and Human Rights of UConn’s Human Rights Institute.

POLS Colloquium: Nimu Njoya (Williams College)
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Storrs Campus
Oak Hall, Room 438
Public Talk: Nimu Njoya (Williams College)

ABOUT THE TALK: Come hear Nimu Njoya of Williams College present her research on “Dignifying Labor? Race-Gender Discrimination, Childbirth, and the European Court of Human Rights.”

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Nimu Njoya is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Williams College. Her research integrates feminist political thought, Kantian philosophy, and critical theory. She is currently working on a book manuscript that considers the future of Enlightenment concepts of dignity, autonomy and progress. She received her Ph.D. from Rutgers University. To learn more, visit her website at http://political-science.williams.edu/profile/wrn1/ .

This talk is cosponsored by the Department of Political Science and the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute.

Spring 2015

“The Ethics of Constrained Choice: Improved Health During Incarceration”
a public lecture by
Robert Trestman, PhD, MD

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
3:30pm – 5:30pm
Storrs Campus
Class of ’47 Room, Babbidge Library

Robert Trestman, PhD, MD is Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry, and Nursing at UConn Health Center. He also directs UConn Health Center Correctional Managed Health Care (CMHC), which is responsible for medical, mental health, pharmacy, and dental care for all inmates in Connecticut’s jails and prisons. Dr. Trestman’s many other roles include Senior Editor of the Oxford Textbook of Correctional Psychiatry (forthcoming 2015) and Chair of the American Psychiatric Association Work Group on Persons with Mental Illness in the Criminal Justice System.

Co-sponsored by the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights (GH&HR) at HRI and the Center for Correctional Health Networks (CCHNet) at UConn School of Nursing.

“Migrants, Refugees, and the Human Right to Health in Germany”
A public lecture by
Michael Knipper, MD, PhD

Thursday, March 12, 2015
12:30pm – 1:45pm
Storrs Campus
Laurel Hall Room 306

Given the dramatic rise in the number of refugees in Germany, especially from Syria, discussions about migrants’ and refugees’ health and entitlement to health care are becoming increasingly prominent in that country and in Europe more broadly. This presentation will consider the potential of a human rights approach in responding to migrants’ health needs in the German context, with special attention to the close links among legal and medical perspectives on health and human rights. Dr. Michael Knipper is University Lecturer for Medical History, Anthropology, and Ethics at the Institute of the History of Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at Justus Liebig University in Giessen, Germany, and a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Medical School. He is currently chairing a German expert consultant group for the Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX) charged with developing a migrant health strand and preparing a country report on migrants’ health in Germany (for the International Organization for Migration [IOM] & the European Union). In 2014, Dr. Knipper was awarded the prestigious “Ars Legendi” Faculty Prize for Excellence in Medical Teaching.

Sponsored by the Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights and the German Section – Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.

Fall 2014
José Ricardo de Carvalho Mesquita Ayres, MD, PhD (University of São Paolo & Princeton University)
Thursday, November 20, 2014
3:30pm (to be confirmed)

Class of ’47 Room, Babbidge Library, 

Storrs Campus
Sponsored by The Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute, The UCONN Anthropology Department, CHIP (the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention), & El Instituto


Sherine Hamdy, PhD (Brown University)
Thursday, November 6, 2014
3:30-5:00pm (to be confirmed)
Laurel Hall 302, Storrs Campus
Sponsored by TThe Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute, The UCONN Anthropology Department Middle Eastern Studies, & the Medical Anthropology Forum


“Core Health Obligations from the Perspectives of Human Rights and Public Health”
Audrey R. Chapman, PhD (UConn Health Center)
Thursday, September 4, 2014
12:30-1:30
CHIP Videoconference Room, Storrs Campus
Streaming video from this event is accessible here.

Sponsored by CHIP (the Center for Health, Intervention, and Prevention) and t

he Research Program on Global Health and Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute

 

Spring 2014

“Social Determinants of Health and the Principle of ‘Equity’: Challenges and Perspectives for Global Health Education and Research”
Michael Knipper, MD, PhD (Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany)
Monday, November 18
12:00pm-1:00pm
University of Connecticut Health Center, The Exchange, 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 260, Farmington, CT 06030
Disabilities Conference Room, Suite #173
For directions click here
Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP (lmccarthy@uche.edu)
Click here for directions or more information. Visitors are advised to use valet parking (due to ongoing construction).
Co-sponsored by the Department of Community Medicine

 

“Equity and the ‘Right to Health’ in the History of Medicine: Old Questions, New Answers?”
Michael Knipper, MD, PhD (Justus Liebig University, Giessen, Germany)
Monday, November 18
5:00pm-6:30pm
Dodd 162, Storrs Campus
Light refreshments will be provided

Streaming video from this event is accessible here.

Co-sponsored by the Medical Anthropology Forum

Panel on Health & Human Rights: Articulating, Implementing, Critiquing Right to Health Claims” at theUConnHuman Rights Institute’s 10th Anniversary Conference (September 20, 2013)
Panelists:
§  Stephen Marks (Harvard University): “The Emergence and Scope of the Human Right to Health”
§  Miriam Ticktin (New School for Social Research): “Whose Right to Health? When Health goes Planetary”
§  João Biehl (Princeton University): “The Juridical Hospital: Claiming the Right to Pharmaceuticals in Brazilian Courts”
§  DiscussantNadav Davidovitch (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)
Streaming video from this event is accessible here.

 

“The Challenge of Achieving Universal Coverage: South Africa’s Attempts to Implement the Right to Health”
Leslie London, MD (University of Cape Town, South Africa)
Monday, October 28
12:00pm-1:00pm
Low Learning Center, UConn Health Center, Farmington Campus
Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP (lmccarthy@uche.edu)
Click here for directions or here for more information. Visitors are advised to use valet parking (due to ongoing construction).
Co-sponsored by the Department of Community Medicine & the Medical Anthropology Forum

 Spring 2013

“Discipline and Care: Health Rights in a U.S. Women’s Jail”
Dr. Carolyn Sufrin (UCSF/UC Berkeley)
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
5:00pm-6:30pm
Dodd Center, Room 162
Storrs Campus

Streaming video from this event is accessible here.

“Women behind Bars”
Film Screening and Panel
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
4:00pm-6:00pm
Dodd Center, Konover Auditorium
Storrs Campus

Streaming video from this event is accessible here.

“Incarcerated Women and Reproductive Health Care: Opportunities and Challenges for a Vulnerable Population”
Dr. Carolyn Sufrin (UCSF/UC Berkeley)
Thursday, April 11, 2013
12:00pm-1:30pm
University of Connecticut Health Center
Community Medicine Large Conference Room The Exchange Building University of Connecticut Health Center
270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 260
Farmington, CT 06030
For directions click here
Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP (to Stacey Rich at srich@uchc.edu)
More information click here

 

“Moral Progress – Again: Harm Reduction and the Repetition of the State in Human Rights Practices”
Dr. Jarrett Zigon
Monday, April 22, 2013
12:00pm-1:30pm
Dodd Center, Room 162
Storrs Campus
More information click here