Global Health: Case Studies from a Biosocial Perspective is a Harvard course that is free and open to anyone who seeks to develop an interdisciplinary view of global health. It develops a toolkit of analytical approaches and uses them to examine historical and contemporary global health initiatives with careful attention to a critical sociology of knowledge. The teaching team, four physician-anthropologists, draws on experiences working in Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Americas, to investigate what the field of global health may include, how global health problems are defined and constructed, and how global health interventions play out in expected and unexpected ways.
Two of the course’s instructors, Arthur Kleinman and Paul Farmer, are co-authors of Reimagining Global Health: An Introduction, which serves as a foundational text for the course.
Watch the course intro video below to learn more!
UC Press congratulates three authors who received recognition in the Association of American Publishers’ 2013 PROSE Awards. The Awards recognize the very best in professional and scholarly publishing by bringing attention to distinguished books, journals, and electronic content.
Charles DiSalvo received an Honorable Mention in the Law and Legal Studies category for M.K. Gandhi, Attorney at Law: The Man before the Mahatma, the first biography of the Mahatma’s early years as a lawyer.
It follows Gandhi as he embarks on a personal journey of self-discovery: from his education in Britain, through the failure of his first law practice in India, to his eventual migration to South Africa.
Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin, Jr. received an Honorable Mention in the U.S. History category for Black against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party, the first comprehensive overview and analysis of the history and politics of the Black Panther Party.
The authors analyze key political questions, such as why so many young black people across the country risked their lives for the revolution, why the Party grew most rapidly during the height of repression, and why allies abandoned the Party at its peak of influence.
Follow the link and register for your chance to win a free copy of the paperback edition of Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party by Joshua Bloom and Waldo Martin.
In Oakland, California, in 1966, community college students Bobby Seale and Huey Newton armed themselves, began patrolling the police, and promised to prevent police brutality. Unlike the Civil Rights Movement that called for full citizenship rights for blacks within the U.S., the Black Panther Party rejected the legitimacy of the U.S. government and positioned itself as part of a global struggle against American imperialism. In the face of intense repression, the Party flourished, becoming the center of a revolutionary movement with offices in 68 U.S. cities and powerful allies around the world.
Ethan N. Elkind has some advice for the city of Los Angeles, currently underway on the construction of a multibillion-dollar rail network project. “Rail is expensive to build, operate and maintain compared with other forms of transit,” writes Elkind in an op-ed for Monday’s L.A. Times. “It only becomes cost-effective with high ridership. And the best way to boost ridership is to locate new jobs, housing and retail near stations.” Elkind is the author of the new book, Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City, and has been studying the way the city has started to reinvent itself by developing compact neighborhoods adjacent to transit. Read the article to learn the three policy changes “Angelenos should insist on” in order to avoid past mistakes of rail development.