Past Lectures


Colleen Walsh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Health Sciences, Cleveland State University

Thursday, February 13, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Mather Memorial Room 201

Lecture Title:

Community-Engaged Ethnography on Race and Health: Findings from ARCHES (AmeRicans’ Conceptions of Health Equity Study)


Dr. Walsh is an alumna of CWRU. She is a medical anthropologist who specializes in urban health. She is currently Co-PI for ARCHES, the AmeRicans’ Conceptions of Health Equity Study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


Susan Crate, Ph.D.

Professor of Anthropology, Department of Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University

Monday, January 27, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Mather Memorial Room 201

Lecture Title:

“From Siberia Speaks the World: Ethnographic Insights in Times of Change”


Dr. Susan A. Crate is an environmental and cognitive anthropologist on the forefront of anthropological research on climate change. Her research on local experiences and understandings of climate change in Viliui Sakha communities in Siberia resulted in her 2006 book, Cows, Kin, and Globalization: An Ethnography of Sustainability (AltaMira Press, 2006). In 2009, she co-edited Anthropology and Climate Change: From Encounters to Actions (Left Coast Press, Inc., 2009) and in 2016, the second volume, Anthropology and Climate Change: From Actions to Transformations. She also served on the American Anthropology Association’s Task Force on Climate Change.


Emily Mendenhall, Ph.D., MPH

Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University

Thursday, January 23, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Tinkham Veale University Center Senior Classroom

Lecture Title:

“Rethinking Diabetes: Considerations of Hunger, Trauma, Precarity, and Insulin”


Dr. Emily Mendenhall received the George Foster Award for Practicing Medical Anthropology by the Society for Medical Anthropology in 20177 for her ethnographic work on the intersection of social trauma, poverty and chronic disease globally. Her first book, Syndemic Suffering: Social Distress, Depression, and Diabetes Among Mexican Immigrant Women (2012, Routledge) explored the experiences of immigration and social isolation in Mexican women in Chicago. Her recent book, Rethinking Diabetes: Entanglements of Poverty, Trauma, and HIV (2019, Cornell University Press), expanded this work to examine the experiences of low-income people in Chicago, Delhi, Johannesburg and Nairobi.


Rachel R. Chapman, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Washington

Friday, March 22, 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., Mather Memorial Room 201

Lecture Title:

“Austerity, Precarious Use and the Elusive AIDS Free Generation in Mozambique”


“My commitment is to researching, publishing and applying to real world problems an understanding of the meaning and politics of race, class and gender identities as they intersect in culture with power to inform the life chances and life quality of people on the margins of society. Unifying my research and writing to date is concern with exposing the intricate ways that race, class and gender shape social hierarchies in the U.S. and global order, and with grounding questions of race, class, and gender inequalities within nonessentialist understandings of identity. The theme that runs through my work is my attention to continuity and survival strategies in poor communities. That commitment has crystallized in the study of the reproductive health of women in difficult circumstances, from the structural violence affecting impoverished women in a gentrifying neighborhood in Los Angeles, to women in war torn and AIDS ravished Mozambique and back to women who lack prenatal health care in an economically depressed and racially segregated American city.”