Oxford Theology graduate Damien Le Bas has just published a welcome memoir on growing up Romany (“Gypsy”) in Britain. Read an extract here.
Read an interview with the author.
Learn more about the Roma at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights’ Roma Program, founded by Roma activist and scholar Margareta (Magda) Matache.
Explore health-related consequences of discrimination against Roma in the December 2017 Health and Human Rights Journal
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Are you wondering how to connect social justice with what you want to do with your life? Consider 3 days to think about it in conversation with others like you!
Consider applying to Harvard Divinity School’s Diversities and Explorations program, November 6-8, 2018. This three-day introduction (at no cost to those selected) brings together interested students, faculty, and administrators to talk about graduate programs that span religious and cultural divides to prepare ethical leaders to work in a complex world. Applications available SOON. Learn more.
Dr. Paul Farmer reflects on the importance of anthropology in health care, in a recent Harvard Gazette interview:
“…Q: How important to your career is the blend of medicine and anthropology?
A: It was and is very important. … each year, as time goes by, I think, Wow, any insights I might have are related to my training in anthropology.
Q: The social determinants of health — ?
A: But also the social construction of our interpretations. Understanding social determinants — anybody can do that and everyone should. …The social construction of epidemics and the lived experience of sickness are very different.
Social construction of the way we interpret these determinants means knowing that our views on illness, well-being, sickness, death, suffering, pain, equity, fairness, and justice are all socially constructed and therefore amenable to change. None of it is God-given. Understanding that — that’s really anthropology.”
View this 30-minute conversation on the power of stories in healing. Eva Bleeker (on the left) is a chaplain who (since this video) recently completed graduate studies in narrative medicine at the Columbia program she describes in the discussion. The video includes transcript.