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‘Warning: This Drug May Kill You’

(11/21/17 11:00am)

How serious is the opioid epidemic in America? On Nov. 16, Dean David Weil of the Heller School of Social Policy and Management and the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative co-hosted a film screening and panel discussion of the film “Warning: This Drug May Kill You” in the Wasserman Cinematheque. The HBO documentary takes a harsh look at the stunning effects of the opioid epidemic in America.

Autism in America

(11/14/17 11:00am)

“My dad says that ‘Every rabbi has only one sermon, and they spend their entire lives trying to perfect it.’ So, this is my effort … to try and continue to perfect that sermon,” said Dr. David Mandell in his presentation titled “The Broken Links Between Policy and Practice in Autism Care.”

Mining for a Fair Deal

(11/14/17 11:00am)

Nestled in the mountains and forests of northern Colombia is the small village of Tamaquito. Tamaquito has been the home to a small tribe known as the Wayúu people. For decades, this tribe has lived off the land, farming and hunting with relatively little connection to the outside world. But in 1980, the Swiss energy company, Glencore began building the largest open pit coal mine (El Cerrejón) adjacent to Wayúu territory, turning the lives of those people upside down and forcing them to make life or death decisions.


(11/07/17 11:00am)

Across the United States, many people go about their daily lives eating only half the sandwich they bought from the corner store, throwing out extra produce that has gone bad and subscribing to the notion that food cannot be eaten post-expiration date.      

When in Rome

(11/07/17 11:00am)

Prof. Ramie Targoff (ENG) knows just what it takes to write a book. With three academic works under her belt, Targoff’s most recent book is a biography of Vittora Colonna, the first woman poet to publish a sonnet series in Italy. In addition to her biography, Targoff has also translated one of two sets of Colonna’s poems in a series called “Other Voices of the Renaissance.”

Fighting Lyme Disease

(10/24/17 10:00am)

Is there a solution to the spread of Lyme Disease in the Northeast? On Thursday, Oct. 19 in the Reading Room of the Mandel Center for the Humanities, a group of professors, professionals and students gathered to discuss potential solutions to the disease. The talk was called “Deer, Ticks and Lyme Disease: A Tangled Tale of History and Ecology” and was hosted by Prof. Brian Donahue (ENVS) and  Eric Olson, a senior lecturer of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management. 

An Ode to Self-Care

(10/17/17 10:00am)

Daniela Marquez ’18 will graduate this spring with a major in Afro and African American studies. Born in the Dominican Republic, she migrated to the United States when she was nine years old, traveling back and forth between the U.S. and the Dominican Republic until she started high school. Recounting her time in the DR, where her father lives, she said, “When I lived with my dad it was a different rhythm. My mom was more laid back and my dad was more militarized. My mom also did not get to have a childhood, being the second oldest out of eight kids and having to take care of them was very tough. I was thinking the other day how my family has taken so much sacrifice, body and spirit wise for me to be in a position to be able to say ‘Okay, I don’t have to worry about what I’m going to eat.’ Now I understand when my mom says ‘Tu eres mi vida — you are my world.’ I never understood it because I used to wonder how can someone else be your life? How can you put others in front of you? And it’s because that’s her way of dealing with trauma. And sometimes I complain about her attachment, but she and her siblings are the foundation of my family.”