Race, Gender, Class? Who is society designed to serve?

Monday, September 18, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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A primer on understanding structural violence and discrimination.

If you skim over to the Wikipedia entry on ‘structural violence’ you’ll read that the term refers to “a form of violence wherein some social structure or social institution may harm people by preventing them from meeting their basic needs. Institutionalized adultism, ageism, classism, elitism, ethnocentrism, nationalism, speciesism, racism, and sexism are some examples of structural violence…”

Join us for a panel discussion as we drag the concept of ‘structural violence’ out of the academic world and apply it to our community. Who is served by the institutions of our society… and who is harmed in the process?

The Panelists

Helene Berman (@helene_berman) is a Professor at Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Health Equity and Social Inclusion. She conducts research that is participatory and activist on various forms of violence, including structural violence.

Melanie Katsivo is a Research Officer and Adjunct Research Professor at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.  In addition to providing mentorship and developing opportunities for greater participation in global health research for students and faculty, Melanie runs a Global Health Conversations Series that promotes global health awareness at Western University. Dr. Katsivo contributes strategy and content for grant proposals in population and public health, socio-cultural determinants of health and disease, and health promotion.

Warren Steele is an Assistant Professor at Western University, where he principally studies and teaches the relations between literature and technology in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His research interests include critical race theory, critical whiteness studies, Marxist political economy, and media theory.


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