Events

    Anti-Racism in Public Health Policies, Practice, and Research

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    FXB Center for Health & Human Rights at Harvard University—Online

    On Tuesday, September 21, the FXB Center will host "Anti-Racism in Public Health Policies, Practice, and Research," a virtual symposium. One of the FXB Center’s latest core initiatives focuses on unpacking and addressing structural racism and health in the U.S. and other parts of the globe. The goal of the FXB Center is to deepen the knowledge base and fill gaps in content and methodology, while ensuring that research and evidence is responsive to community needs and informs policymaking.

    The symposium aims to launch this initiative and start a series of conversations and...

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    Engendering Democracy: The Significance of Abortion Legalization in Argentina

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    Harvard Law School—Online

    In December 2020, first trimester abortion was legalized in Argentina with the passage of Law 27.610. This historic move presents an inflection point for Argentine democracy, as well as a case study in how rights concepts can be deployed effectively to advance reproductive justice.

    In this event, key actors in the long struggle for legalization — including representatives from the executive and the legislative branches of government, as well as civil society, together with legal academics and health professionals — will describe the complicated and multi-staged narrative of...

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    Prospects for Post-COVID Economic Recovery in Latin America

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    David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard—Online

    The economic toll of the Covid crisis on Latin America has been catastrophic. According to The Economist, whereas global GDP contracted by 3% last year, that of Latin America and the Caribbean fell on average by 7%, the worst of any region tracked by the IMF. Lengthy lockdowns have contributed to the exacerbation of poverty and inequality, and school closures threaten a looming crisis of human capital formation. Panelists review the reasons for the magnitude of the crisis, why Latin America’s recovery lags the rest of the world, and above all how Latin America will recover from the...

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    Brine to Batteries: The Extractive Frontiers of the Global Energy Transition

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Thea Riofrancos’s current project, “Brine to Batteries: The Extractive Frontiers of the Global Energy Transition,” explores the politics of the transition to renewable energy through the lens of one of its key technologies: lithium batteries. Based on multisited fieldwork following lithium’s global supply chains from the point of extraction in the Chilean desert, “Brine to Batteries” will be the first scholarly account of the rapidly moving processes shaping the contours of the next energy system—and those of our planetary future.

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    Food Literacy Project Speaker Series: Cool Food with Gerard Pozzi

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    Food Literacy Project—Online

    Make a difference by eating plant-rich food. Did you know Harvard recently signed the Cool Food Pledge? Learn more about the Cool Food Pledge with speaker, Gerard Pozzi, as he breaks down the impacts of a plant-based diet.

    A quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions come from food production. By simply changing what we eat, we can make a difference to our climate. Cool Food (coolfood.org) helps people and organizations reduce the climate impact of their food through shifting towards more plant-rich diets. Climate action has never been so delicious.

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    Guns and Public Health

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    While at Radcliffe, David Hemenway is continuing his work to find common ground between gun users and such groups as governors, faith leaders, and advocates to effectively address firearm injuries. He is also beginning his work on a book that summarizes what is currently known about firearms and public health and the programs and policies that seem to work to reduce gun violence.

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    AI and the Future of Health

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Artificial Intelligence (AI) can enhance scientists’ ability to make discoveries. Across the life sciences, AI algorithms are being developed and deployed to speed our path to better health. This special Radcliffe science event will focus on how AI can accelerate research and development in general and drug discovery in particular. The health AI experts Regina Barzilay and Casandra Mangroo will each speak about their innovative work and then join Radcliffe’s Alyssa Goodman in a conversation on AI’s promise—and potential pitfalls—as we look toward the future of human health.

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    Health Care Leadership During COVID-19

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    Harvard Medical School—Online

    The COVID-19 pandemic has upended health care delivery and economics. This webinar will provide the behind-the-scenes perspective of a senior hospital leader in a time of crisis. Dr. Kimball will discuss how she and her leadership team adapted to the immediate crisis as well as its prolonged evolution, from establishing a command structure to discovering hidden talents on their team. The session will explore leadership lessons and her insights for the path forward.

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    COVID-19 and the Law: The Health Care System in the Age of COVID-19

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    Harvard Law School—Online

    This seminar series will consider the ethical, legal, regulatory, and broader social and institutional impacts that COVID-19 has had, as well as the longer-lasting effects it may have on our society. This fifth seminar in the series will focus on how the health care system has reacted and evolved during the pandemic.

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost all aspects of life in the United States and around the world, disrupting the global economy as well as countless institutions. The issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic present a critical juncture for the U.S. and other...

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    Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, "The Miasmist: George E. Waring, Jr. and Landscapes of Public Health"

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    Harvard Graduate School of Design—Online

    In 1867, nineteenth-century sanitary engineer George E. Waring, Jr. (1833–1898) published an influential manual entitled “Draining for Profit, Draining for Health,” reflecting the obsessions of his gilded age—wealth, health, and miasma. Even as the germ theory emerged, Waring supported the anti-contagionist miasma theory, positing that disease spread through the air as a poisonous vapor, emerging from damp soil. He applied his knowledge of farm drainage to an urban theory of public health, with a drainage plan for Central Park; a sewerage system for Memphis; a transformation of New York...

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    Discover the Joy of Eating with Dietitian, Michelle Gallant

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    Harvard Food Literacy Project—Online

    Eating can feel like either a chore or a bore these days. There are so many conflicting diet messages, mixed up with fancy cooking shows, and constant food marketing. Wouldn't it be great to just relax and enjoy food instead of constantly struggling with it? You can learn to trust yourself around food and feel good about your eating. Join HUHS nutritionist Michelle Gallant for a discussion on a kinder, gentler approach to food. Please have a snack ready for a brief guided mindful eating exercise.

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    The History of Structural Racism in Charlottesville: Legally-Enforced Segregation and Its Impact on Health

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    Harvard Medical School—Online

    Using Charlottesville as a case study, Dayna Bowen Matthew, JD, PhD, Dean and Harold H. Greene Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, explores the theory, mechanisms, and impact on health of legally-mandated residential segregation and how we can identify and redress historical inequities.

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    The Politics of Health Policy: Integrating Racial Justice into Health Care and Clinical Research

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    Harvard Medical School—Online

    What are political determinants of health? How have they driven inequities in the U.S. health care system? Daniel Dawes, JD, director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute Morehouse School of Medicine, shares an inclusive approach to addressing health issues impacting the most vulnerable populations in an increasingly complex...

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    The Popularization of Doubt: Scientific Literacy & Alternative Forms of Knowledge in the Soviet Union after World War II

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    Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard—Online

    Alexey Golubev, assistant professor of Russian history and digital humanities at the University of Houston, is working on a new book project: a history of Soviet efforts to produce mass scientific literacy after World War II, when tens and later hundreds of thousands of members of the Soviet intelligentsia were recruited to communicate scientific knowledge to the public through popular science lectures, publications, public experiments and debates, and television shows.

    This mass scientific literacy campaign resulted in a diverse and autonomous network of people and ideas in...

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    COVID-19 and the Law: What COVID-19 Teaches Us About Health Justice and the Path Forward

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    Harvard Law School—Online

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost all aspects of life in the United States and around the world, disrupting the global economy as well as countless institutions. The issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic present a critical juncture for the U.S. and other countries around the world. Our actions now have the potential to shape responses to future pandemics, and to ensure institutions serve all of our populations.

    How have our institutions, including the structure of our health care system and its attendant regulations, affected the evolution of the pandemic? What...

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    Toxic Speech and Damaged Bodies

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    Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard—Online

    What does it matter if our speech practices abandon truth, license violence, instill fear? Toxic speech has the power not only to shape the social body—our very practices of being and interacting—but also to injure individual bodies. When a political or cult leader, for example, licenses his followers to commit violent crimes against those deemed Other, we see an overt case of speech engendering physical harm. More insidious and ubiquitous are the everyday speech practices that generate harms ranging from physical violence to social exclusion and damaged health. Using tools from both...

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    Building a Large-Scale SARS-CoV-2 Test Lab: Scientific and Leadership Lessons

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    Harvard Medical School—Online

    Stacey Gabriel, PhD, senior director of the Genomics Platform at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, led the Broad’s COVID-era pivot to becoming one of the foremost SARS-CoV-2 testing centers in the country (now closing in on nine million tests performed). Realizing this vision in such a short time frame required strong leadership skills, as well as the ability to solve myriad technological, supply chain, IT and clinical workflow challenges. In this webinar, Stacey Gabriel will share her behind-the-scenes perspectives about the keys to her organization’s...

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    ‘A Catalyst for Humanity’: A Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson

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    Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health—Online

    What are the invisible social strata that define and divide America? How does this unseen ranking underlie racism? And how do caste dynamics systematically lessen the value of Black lives? Join Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, author of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, and esteemed social scientist David Williams for a conversation about embedded power inequities–and their cost to us all. Moderated by CNN anchor, Don Lemon.

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    The COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout: What’s Ahead?

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    Online—Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

    As the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines unfolds in the United States, numerous questions around distribution, supply, hesitancy, and efficacy persist. And the stakes have never been higher, as numbers of deaths and cases repeatedly break records. In this discussion, experts will review the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan, address safety concerns, explore upcoming expected vaccines, and discuss implications of virus variants.

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    US Health Policy After the 2020 Election

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    Online Event

    The 2020 election will have profound effects on the direction of U.S. health policy. Harvard Medical School physician and health economist Zirui Song, MD, PhD, will outline the potential implications of the election results on health insurance coverage, payment policy for health care providers, and key considerations for the Medicare and privately-insured population.

    This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. 

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