Epidemic Illusions: On the Coloniality of Global Public Health

Location 
Zoom
Date 
March 31, 2021
Time 
12pm - 1:30pm Pacific Time

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Please join us for a book talk by Eugene Richardson in conversation with renown scholars Troy Duster and Bonnie Duran as they explore the impact of colonial thought, racism and patriarchy on the development of public health science and practices. 

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Speaker bios

Dr. Eugene Richardson is a physician-anthropologist and an Assistant Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He previously served as the clinical lead for Partners In Health’s Ebola response in Kono District, Sierra Leone, where he continues to conduct research on the social epidemiology of Ebola virus disease and COVID-19. He also worked as a clinical case management consultant for the WHO’s Ebola riposte in Beni, Democratic Republic of the Congo. More recently, he was seconded to the Africa CDC to join their COVID-19 response. His overall focus is on biosocial approaches to epidemic disease prevention, containment, and treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. As part of this effort, he is chair of the Lancet Commission on Reparations and Redistributive Justice.

Troy Duster is Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the past-president of the American Sociological Association, and he served as chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Among other publications, he is the author of The Legislation of Morality: Law, Drugs, and Moral Judgment and Backdoor to Eugenics. In the late 1990s, he chaired the Human Genome Project’s National Advisory Committee on Ethical, Legal and Social Issues.

Bonnie Duran (Dr.PH) (mixed race Opelousas/Coushatta descendent) is a Professor in the Schools of Social Work and Public Health at the University of Washington, in Seattle and is on the leadership team at the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute (http://health.iwri.org ). She received her Dr.PH from UC Berkeley School of Public Health in 1997. Her work has included partnering with the Navajo Nation, Indian Health Service, the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center, and other Tribes and Indigenous Community Based Organizations on projects aimed at health equity, improving health services, and developing culture-centered health promotion. 



Charles L. Briggs (event moderator) is Professor of Anthropology, Co-Director of the Medical Anthropology Program, and Co-Director of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine at the University of California, Berkeley, and President of the Society for Medical Anthropology. His books include Learning How to Ask, Stories in the Time of Cholera and Tell Me Why My Children Died (both with Clara Mantini-Briggs), Voices of Modernity (with Richard Bauman), Making Health Public (with Daniel Hallin), and Unlearning: Rethinking Poetics, Pandemics, and the Politics of Knowledge.

The event is jointly sponsored by the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine (of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues), the Othering & Belonging Institute, and the School of Public Health.