Category: General

Because Tomorrow Needs Her: MSF’s Global Campaign for Women’s Health

Every day, 800 women around the world die of causes related to pregnancy or childbirth; causes that are most entirely preventable. Ninety-nine percent of these women live in developing countries, half of them alone in Sub-Saharan Africa. And these statistics only begin to scratch at the surface of major global issues facing the health of

Beyond the WHO Profile: Guatemala

The World Health Organization has statistical profiles for every country in the world, but we’re missing something from these dry numbers. We are missing real stories- the pains and illnesses of everyday life that do not end up on a mortality distribution curve, and the people who fight every one of those days against the

Illness Narratives in Anthropology

She had talked to her the day before, and she had seemed so healthy. She was only slightly past her due-date, and now she was dead. The baby too. How could this have happened? It might have been that guy down the road- people say that he practices black magic. This is an adaptation from

Rebecca Seligman closes Faculty & Fellows Colloquium with talk on cross-cultural mental health

To close the Buffett Institute Faculty & Fellows Colloquium, Rebecca Seligman spoke to a room crowded with professors, students, and Northwestern community members about cross-cultural mental health. More specifically, her talk used the examination of dissociation to illustrate larger issues in studying mental health across cultures. Dissociation is triggered by highly stressful experiences that are

Teju Cole visits to talk about the White Savior Industrial Complex

Teju Cole opened his presentation with a video clip. A white girl with shaggy bangs and a colorful headband plays her violin while another sings Rihanna’s song, We Found Love. The scene cuts and we discover that she is in Africa, playing her violin and smiling among native Africans, from the classroom to the field..