Field Work: Deaf Refugee Farmers, Literature, and Public Health Humanities

This lecture explores the ways that insights from literature can illuminate understandings of health disparities and clinical healthcare.

Location: IPRH Lecture Room, IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois St., Urbana
Date:
Thursday, September 12
Time:
4:00 p.m.

This presentation brings education, advocacy, and informal field research together with a reading of literature. Based in the disciplinary framework of public health humanities, Professor Rebecca Garden, Public Health & Preventive Medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University, explores the ways that insights from literature—specifically Kao Kalia Yang’s autobiographical writing on her own and her family’s experiences as refugees—can illuminate understandings of health disparities and clinical healthcare. She discusses the ways these insights impact her teaching and also advocacy within her community, including working on a farm at the urban edge with deaf Bhutanese New Americans.

This lecture is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and the Humanities, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the Carle Illinois College of Medicine.

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