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January 2018

Mental Health in Haiti: Exploring culture and language to improve care

January 24 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Speaker: Dr. Bonnie Kaiser This talk will provide an introduction to challenges and "big debates" in the field of global mental health, such as whether mental disorders are universal. Dr. Kaiser offers several examples of the way that an anthropological perspective can address these challenges and contribute to improved screening, clinical communication, and intervention design for global mental health. Using the example of Haiti, Dr. Kaiser shows how attention to cultural models and language can improve mental health care, and…

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Tainan, City Pluriferent

January 31 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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David Liu

Speaker: David Liu, Ph.D. Visitors to Taiwan never miss Taipei, its capital for over a century, but the older counterpart Tainan gets unjustly missed as a global city. This talk is a Sebaldian exercise in narrating Professor Liu's native city "from the outside." Playing with Gilles Deleuze's notions of the virtual/actual and exo-/endo-consistency, Liu will weave a diegetical tapestry of that city through its wealth of (trans)historical vectors to/from all over the world. These vectors also give occasions for tangents…

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February 2018

Blackness Unmoored: Relational Ethics and Aesthetics in Stromae’s “Formidable”

February 7 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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Daphne Lamothe

Speaker: Dr. Daphne Lamothe, Ph.D. Sometimes no bridging is possible; all you can do is hold what is incommensurate. This is one of the most fundamental lessons of black life, as well as in Black Studies. In this presentation, Dr. Lamothe will advance a theory of “blackness unmoored” through an analysis of the lyrics and music video for the song, “Formidable” by Stromae. Lamothe will invoke the metaphor of unmooring to convey the disorientation, and reorientation, of the subject who navigates contending social spaces,…

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Duke Undergraduate Working Group on MENA

February 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Ahmadieh Family Conference Hall, 2204 Erwin Rd. Room 240
Durham, NC 27708 United States
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MENA

More that 35 Duke undergraduate students spent their 2017 summer vacation studying or volunteering in the Middle East and North African (MENA). Josh Curtis and Bryan Rusch will lead a roundtable discussion with six students who participated in DukeEngage in Lebanon, and Duke in the Arab World (Morocco) in the summer of 2017. Moderated discussion will include topics such as: classroom study vs. real-life experience, the people of MENA, cultural encounters, food, and lessons upon returning home. These rich and diverse…

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