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Post date: Wed, 12/16/2015 - 13:12

American Indians have some of the highest rates of type 2 diabetes worldwide. In the latter half of the twentieth century, while rates of diabetes began to climb in Native populations, significant numbers of Natives were migrating to cities under the pressure of the Federal Relocation Program that aimed at assimilating Natives and ultimately ending all federal obligations to American Indian Nations. In this talk, Margaret Pollak will discuss her work on the diabetes epidemic in Chicago's inter-tribal Native community, including the rise of diabetes rates in the community, contemporary experiences with the disease, and how this epidemic plays a role in shaping some aspects of modern urban Native culture and community.

Sponsored by International Program Development


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Post date: Thu, 11/12/2015 - 10:52

Dr. Evan Lyon is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at The Unversity of Chicago Medicine and has worked with Partners in Health in Haiti for more than a decade.


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Post date: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 13:00

Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University, Quetelet Professor of Sustainable Development and Health Policy and Management, and Special Advisor to United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals, will provide the keynote for the Global Health Interdiciplinary Symposium. 


The noon keynote is open to the public, including those who have not registered for the rest of the symposium. 

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Post date: Fri, 10/23/2015 - 12:21

Please join us for a roundtable discussion with Anand Grover, faciliated by the director of the Northwestern Access to Health Project Prof. Juliet Sorensen, on the role of courts and litigation in health and human rights. Mr. Grover was the Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health from 2008-2014, is the Director of The Lawyer's Collective in Delhi, and is a prominent strategic litigation lawyer. He is well known for his work on the (temporarily) groundbreaking decision to decriminalize same sex acts between men in India, as well as his work litigating the status of patents on life saving cancer and anti-retroviral drugs and on the 2G government corruption scandal in India. Don't miss what is sure to be an exciting conversation!

Coffee will be provided.

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Post date: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 10:13

International Program Development / Global Health Studies invites you to attend the 9th Annual Global Health Resource Fair for Volunteer Opportunities at Northwestern University.

The Resource Fair has been very successful in engaging Northwestern students to serve local nonprofit organizations. In the past, we have had dozens of organizations represented and hundreds of students participate in the event. These organizations recruit students for service and volunteer positions and the exchange has led to the mutual benefit of linking students, organizations, and most importantly, the clients and populations they aim to serve.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn about the global health volunteer and internship activities with leading health serving non-profits NGOs, student groups, and other great organizations in Chicago!


Please check back later for a list of organizations attending this year! Refreshments will be served.


Hosted by Global Health Studies


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Post date: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 10:10

Northwestern University will hold its 3rd intramural global health case competition on Saturday, February 13, 2016. Teams will be made up of undergraduate and graduate students across various schools and disciplines who will compete to develop innovative, feasible, and sustainable global health recommendations. Teams will be presented with a case study outlining global health challenges in the fields of public health, law, policy, engineering, etc. and will be tasked with designing an intervention and corresponding presentation. The goal of the global health case study competition is to train the next generation of leaders through a unique competition experience built upon a real-world challenge.

For more information visit: http://default/nughcc


The competition is being co-sponsored by the Program in Global Health Studies, the Program of African Studies, the Center for Global Health, the Global Engagement Studies Institute, and the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.


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Post date: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 10:08

Kelly Wisecup, Assistant Professor, Department of English, Northwestern University

Long description: Between 1616 and 1620, diseases swept throughout New England, devastating Native American communities and killing up to 90-95 percent of the indigenous people living in the area. When English colonists began to arrive in the 1620s, they interpreted the epidemics as a providential sign that they were intended to settle in New England and that a divine force had “emptied” the land for them. Scholars later extended this argument, by describing post-epidemic New England as a “virgin land,” and by lamenting that no Native histories of the epidemics survived to provide insight into the experiences of disease. This talk offers new readings of histories of the epidemics by tracing Native responses to the epidemics, as recorded in several colonial texts. It shows that, despite colonial and scholarly narratives of disappearance, New England Native people employed various strategies for interpreting and responding to the epidemics and the colonists who followed.


Organized by International Program Development and Global Health Studies, and co-sponsored by the Department of History.


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Post date: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 10:05

World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, and mourning those who have died of the disease. There will be free HIV testing and counseling throughout the day.


Hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs


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Post date: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 09:58

Come hear about Beth's experience in the Peace Corps in Azerbaijan, as well as applying for & joining the Peace Corps.


Dinner provided! All students welcome.


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Post date: Fri, 10/16/2015 - 09:56

Northwestern University's Lynn Sage Breast Cancer Symposium has been called the most valuable breast cancer meeting worldwide for the practicing clinician. For 17 years, this multidisciplinary CME event has been bringing together leading national and international medical, surgical and radiation oncologists to present, debate and evaluate cutting-edge technology and approaches in the management of breast cancer. New options are occurring in all aspects of patient care including prevention, screening, and detection, as well as in the primary treatment modalities of surgery, radiation therapy, endocrine therapy, cytotoxic chemotherapy, novel biologic therapies as well as survivorship. This symposium focuses on the multidisciplinary cooperation that is required for the management of today's breast cancer patient.


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