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Book Celebration - Health in Ruins: The Capitalist Destruction of Medical Care at a Colombian Maternity Hospital

Tuesday, April 11, 2023
3:30pm – 5:30pm

Storrs Campus
Humanities Institute Conference Room

This is a hybrid event, held in-person with the option to join online. Please RSVP to attend.

(In-person) RECEPTION: 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

(Hybrid) BOOK CELEBRATION & PANEL: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join us for a panel celebrating Professor César Ernesto Abadía-Barrero’s new book, Health in Ruins, which chronicles the story of El Materno—Colombia’s oldest maternity and neonatal health center and teaching hospital—over several decades as it faced constant threats of government shutdown.

This team-based and collaborative ethnography analyzes the social life of neoliberal health policy. The book shows that health care privatization is not only about defunding public hospitals; it also ruins rich traditions of medical care by denying or destroying ways of practicing medicine that challenge Western medicine.

Our panel will include an overview of the book by Prof. Abadía-Barrero, followed by comments from three internationally renowned experts in medical anthropology and global health.

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Human Rights Institute (primary), Anthropology Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, UConn Master Calendar

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