Seth Holmes to give Slesinger Lecture March 16

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The Department of Community & Environmental Sociology has invited Dr. Seth Holmes (Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor, UC-Berkeley School of Public Health & Medical Anthropology) to give the 2015 Slesinger Lecture on Monday, March 16 in HSLC 1325. Dr. Holmes’s remarks will focus on his investigations into social hierarchies, health, health care, and the naturalization and normalization of difference and inequality in the context of transnational US-Mexico im/migration. The event is cosponsored by the Dept. of Anthropology, the Wisconsin Collective for Ethnographic Research, the Dept. of Family Medicine, the Global Health Institute, the Collaborative Center for Health Equity, the Human Rights Program, and the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Both the Lecture itself and the reception will be open to the public, and any and all WISCER affiliates are warmly encouraged to join us for both!

Lecture: Monday, March 16, 4pm, in Health Sciences Learning Center (HSLC) Room 1325. The talk will also be live-streamed at
Reception: HSLC Atrium, immediately outside Room 1325 and following the Lecture. There’ll be light snacks as well as an open bar featuring beer, wine, and soft drinks.
Directions: The Health Sciences Learning Center is on the right as you travel west from Observatory Drive into the main visitor entrance of the UW Hospital and Clinics complex; a public parking ramp is to your left.  Bus routes 28, 38 and 80 (free) also stop at the Highland & Observatory intersection.  The most direct entrance to the Auditorium and Atrium is from Highland Avenue between the building’s two wings.

About the Speaker

Dr. Seth M. Holmes is a cultural anthropologist and physician. He is Martin Sisters Endowed Chair Assistant Professor in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the Graduate Program in Medical Anthropology. He is Co-Director of the MD/PhD Track in Medical Anthropology coordinated between UCSF and UC Berkeley and Founding Director of the Berkeley Center for Social Medicine. He also sees patients at the public hospital in Oakland, California.

His book, Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies: Migrant Farmworkers in the United States, won the New Millennium Book Award from the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Society for the Anthropology of Work Book Award, the Association for Humanist Sociology Book Award and the Margaret Mead Award from the American Anthropological Association and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Dr. Holmes is conducting research into the production of the clinical habitus, subjectivity, and gaze, in other words the processes through which biomedical trainees learn to perceive and respond to social differences and inequalities. In addition, Dr. Holmes is exploring new research into the social, symbolic, and political processes producing HIV death among specific categories of people, particularly Latino day laborers and other ethno-racial and sexual minorities and marginalized groups. This exploration attempts to address the ways in which political economic phenomena and social and symbolic categories produce structural vulnerability and what is framed in public health as individual choice and behavior.