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.


Tiffany Joseph talk this Friday

This Friday, SPAM and Race and Ethnicity are co-hosting a talk by Professor Tiffany Joseph (Stony Brook University), who studies race, ethnicity, migration, and health.

where: Sewell Social Sciences 3470
 Fri. Oct. 10, 12pm to 1:30pm
talk title: Examining Barriers to Health Care for Immigrants in Boston under “Universal” Coverage

Massachusetts (MA) became the first state to implement comprehensive health reform in 2006. Policymakers lauded the reform a success and used it to craft the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) of 2010. While the ACA only extends coverage to U.S. citizens and eligible documented immigrants due to 1996 federal reforms that limit the public benefits non-citizens can receive, Massachusetts included coverage provisions for all residents regardless of documentation status. However, preliminary studies of the MA reform indicate that undocumented immigrants are still more likely to remain uninsured.

Using data from qualitative interviews conducted with 70 individuals (30 Brazilian and Dominican immigrants, 20 health care providers, and 20 immigrant/health organization leaders) in Boston, I examine some of the barriers to health coverage and healthcare access that many immigrants face despite their inclusion in the MA reform. Interviews revealed that language, race/ethnicity, documentation status, and lack of familiarity with the U.S. healthcare system prevented immigrants from effectively accessing health care despite having coverage. I also discuss the implications of ACA implementation in the state (and beyond) for the health coverage of immigrants and other underserved populations.

Additionally, there will be a student session for grad students to meet with Tiffany, 10-11am in Sewell 8108 (the Havens Center room).


Ben Carrington talk this Friday

This Friday, SPAM and Race and Ethnicity are co-hosting a talk by Professor Ben Carrington (UT Austin), who is an ethnographer and sociologist of race, sport, and culture.

talk title“Different Strokes: Slow Ethnography, Sensual Sociology and the Meanings of Cricket”
where: Sewell Social Sciences 3470
when: 12pm-1:30pm

Additionally, there will be a student session for grad students to meet with Ben, 10-11am in Sewell 8108 (The Havens Center room).

“A Time to Plant, Pluck, and Sing!” Lecture by Michael Bell

Screenshot 2014-09-19 18.28.22Sociologist, agroecologist, and musician Michael Bell will speak and sing about the enduring place of growing in culture. Accompanying himself on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, he will cultivate connections between the art and the practice of our most fundamental basis of livelihood. Michael Bell is professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, and also an accomplished musician.

when: Thu. June 26, 12:30–1 pm (updated with correct date)
where: Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
learn more: www.mmoca.orgflier (date is Thu. June 26)

WISCER at Conferences in 2014

Members of our community will be presenting at the following meetings. Read the details and talk titles here.

4th International Conference on Conversation Analysis in Los Angeles

Douglas Maynard Plenary Address | Sat. June 28, Morning | Location: University of California, Los Angeles, Covel Commons

Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Matthew Kearney “Critical Dialogue: Contemporary Ways of Protest.” | Sat. August 16, 10:30am-12:10pm | Location: San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Pacific I

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting in San Francisco

Katie Fallon “Race, gender, and the social organization of desire” | Mon. August 18, 8:30-10:10am

Myra Marx Ferree Critic in “Author Meets Critic Session: Tilly Award Winners” | Sun. August 17, 2:30-4:10pm

Myra Marx Ferree “Thinking Back and Looking Forward: The Future of Marxist Sociology” | Mon. August 18, 8:30-10:10am

Joan Fujimura “A Critique of the Use of New Genomic Data to Reconstitute Biological Race Categories” | Tue. August 19. 12:30-2:10pm

Alice Goffman Presidential Panel: “A Fugitive Adolescence: Growing Up Under the U.S. Crime War” | Sun. August 17, 2:30-4:10pm

Alice Goffman Author Meets Critics Session: “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” | Mon. August 18, 8:30-10:10am

Matthew Kearney “Escalating Mutual Obligation in the Wisconsin Uprising of 2011” | Tue. August 19, 12:30-2:10pm

Douglas Maynard Session Organizer and Presider for “Current Studies in Ethnomethodology and Conversation Analysis.” | Tue. August 19. 10:30am-12:10pm

Jason Orne. “Sexual Racism and the Puzzle of Interracial Relationship Rates in the Internet Age” in the session Race and Ethnicity in Everyday Encounters from the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. | Sun. August 17, 8:30am-10:10am.

Erik Olin Wright “Thinking Back and Looking Forward: The Future of Marxist Sociology” | Mon. August 18, 8:30-10:10am

Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference in Chicago

Jennifer Patrice Sims “What about the children? A new twist on an old question” | November 13-15, 2014 | Location: DePaul University