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Welcoming remarks by Lizabeth Cohen, Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study; Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Harvard University
Overview of the topic by Janet Rich-Edwards, Codirector of the Science Program, Academic Ventures at the Radcliffe Institute; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University
In this panel moderated by Arthur Kleinman, Jane Ussher, Catherine Panter-Brick, and Nate Greenslit examine, largely through a social-science lens, the role of gender in conceptions of health and disease (including physical and mental health) in different societies, in determining who is responsible for health care through both formal and informal roles, and in developing understandings of risk factors and resilience.
Who Decides? | Research Priorities: The Impact of Gender on the Scope, Funding, and Analysis of Health Research
In this panel moderated by Daniel Carpenter, Peggy Orenstein, C. Noel Bairey Merz, and Barron Lerner consider whether gender drives commercial and public research in particular diseases, the politics of health campaigns, the formulation and analysis of clinical trials, and the role of the marketplace and private funding in addressing diseases that affect women and men differently.
Moderated by Paula Johnson, Ruth Katz, Louise Slaughter (D-NY), and Julie Rovner discuss the implications of the Affordable Care Act for women's and men's health, including gendered issues of health care access and policy and questions of insurance and coverage.
Janet Rich-Edwards provides closing remarks.
Playwright, author, and activist Eve Ensler opens the Radcliffe Institute conference titled "Who Decides? Gender, Medicine, and the Public's Health." In this excerpt, she describes being diagnosed with cancer and reads from the introduction of her book, In the Body of the World: A Memoir of Cancer and Connection (2013). Ensler is a visiting scholar at the Radcliffe Institute.
In this lecture, Mary C. Brinton explores why fertility has dropped to very low levels in some postindustrial societies and not others. Using original in-depth interviews of young men and women in Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, and the United States, Brinton examines how the incomplete gender-role revolution hinders family formation in the postindustrial context.
Building on her research experience, Huda Zurayk analyzes how Arab women are managing to cope with their lives, their health, and the survival of their families in the midst of uncertainty, conflict, and resilience. Her research—and its translation to policy and practice—contributes to interventions that use multiple strategies to reach women of varied experiences whose overwhelming daily question is: What tomorrow?
Huda Zurayk is a professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the American University of Beirut.
How do animals generate distinct patterns of movement? Mei Zhen explores how each neuron—and its connection with other cells—contributes to each motor pattern through the reconstruction of a developing animal's nervous system.
In 1935 Dorothea Lange was hired by the New Deal administration of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt to document the impact of the depression on America's farms. But she soon went far beyond her assignment to challenge, visually, the limits of New Deal politics. In this lecture/presentation, Linda Gordon uses many of Lange's images to examine how she explored what documentary photography could do.