The Center for Values Presents: Adia Benton

Adia Benton

Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: JO 2.604
Admission: Free
Season: 2015-16

Keywords: Ebola, Global Health and Humanitarianism

Nearly 40 years ago, Welsh novelist Raymond Williams penned Keywords, in which he provided an “exploration of the vocabulary of a crucial area of social and cultural discussion, which has been inherited within precise historical and social conditions and which has to be made at once conscious and critical — subject to change as well as to continuity.” Following activists who used Williams’ framework to evaluate the shifting meanings of words used in news media, scientific discourse and everyday language to describe the AIDS epidemic in the ‘80s, Dr. Adia Benton will identify some of the keywords associated with the West African Ebola outbreak and their shifting political, social and cultural meanings. She’ll also discuss how the epidemic engenders, reflects and reimagines the inequalities shaping global health and humanitarian practice.

About the speaker:

Adia Benton is an assistant professor of anthropology at Northwestern University and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Her recent book, HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone, explores the personal, professional and moral stakes of vertical funding for HIV and the social, political and interpersonal relationships that are premised on the notion of HIV as a valued resource. Her work has appeared in Medical Anthropology, the African Studies Review, Dissent, The New Inquiry and “The Monkey Cage” blog at The Washington Post. She has provided commentary on global health politics and the West African Ebola outbreak on radio, television and other public venues.

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Values in Medicine, Science and Technology.

For more information contact:
Magdalena Grohman
[email protected]

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