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Jennifer McCleary-Sills // The Costs of Exclusion: How Gender Inequality Stymies Global Development

October 18, 2016

In this Oct. 18 talk by Jennifer McCleary-Sills, director of the Global Program on Gender Violence and Rights at the International Center for Research on Women, we learned about the various manifestations of gender inequality—including intimate partner violence, early forced marriage, discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and access to justice—and how they translate into social and economic costs at the individual, community and macro levels.

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Can the United Nations Empower Queer Rights?

Dennis Altman // Can the United Nations Empower Queer Rights?

November 3, 2016

As a number of states, led by the U.S., push for international recognition of LGBT rights, there is an emerging global polarization, with strong opposition to this development from Russia and most Arab and African governments. Dennis Altman, professorial fellow in human security at LaTrobe University, discussed how to further the struggle for queer rights without entrenching the idea that this is the imposition of western values against the claims of culture, tradition and religion.

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Global Health Corps

Global Health Corps // Redefining Leadership: A Conversation on the Future of Global Health

November 17, 2016

Global Health Corps is a leadership development organization devoted to recruiting and training emerging leaders in global health equity. In this lecture three GHC alumni discussed what leadership means in the current global health landscape and the need for new voices and perspectives, including non-traditional backgrounds, in moving the needle on some of the world’s most complex challenges.

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Children vs. Tobacco: 2016 - Who’s Winning?

Jonathan Klein // Children vs. Tobacco: 2016 – Who’s Winning?

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016

Despite efforts to create a tobacco-free generation, the tobacco industry continues to target adolescents and young adults. In this lecture, Jonathan Klein, associate executive director of the American Academy of Pediatrics and executive director of NCD Child, described usage and cessation trends associated with cigarettes and other tobacco products, as well emerging evidence on the health impact of electronic cigarettes.

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United Nations

Jane McPherson // Developing a Human Rights Approach to Strengthen Practice: Implications for Medicine, Public Health & Social Work

Feb. 21, 2017

Jane McPherson, assistant professor at University of Georgia, will explain how human rights as dictated by the United Nations could impact social work both in the U.S. and around the world. In the U.S. her work focuses on asylum seekers and immigrants; globally, she creates tools to investigate and promote rights-based practice.

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Vera Paiva // Facing (Political) Backlash: Using School-based Intervention Studies to Promote Young Brazilians’ Health & Rights

Mar. 3, 2017

Brazil has been internationally recognized for its successful, rights-based approach to HIV/AIDS. Now, unexpectedly, the country has an emblematic case of backlash. In this lecture, Vera Paiva, professor of social psychology and preventive medicine at University of São Paulo, described more recent sociopolitical shifts, as well as presented results from an intervention study that tested the acceptability and effects of a multicultural human rights approach.

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