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“Plantation Patienthood: Chronic Liver Disease and Health Activism in Nicaragua," by Alex Nading, LACS Weekly Seminar Series

Monday, March 21, 2022 at 1:00pm to 2:15pm

G-01 Stimson Hall

Alex Nading is a medical and environmental anthropologist. His research, mostly focused on Nicaragua, has examined transnational campaigns against dengue fever, bacterial disease, and chronic kidney disease, as well as grassroots movements to address these issues. In all his work, he uses ethnographic methods to bring the theoretical concerns of medical anthropology together with those of critical environmental studies and science and technology studies. His teaching includes courses on the anthropology of global health, anthropological methods, and international development. He is also the editor of the journal Medical Anthropology Quarterly and is currently working on a book entitled Non-Traditional Causes: Kidney Disease, Climate Change, and Life Support in Nicaragua’s Sugar Plantation Zone from which his talk will be derived.

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Human Ecology Design and Environmental Analysis, Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Latino Studies Program, Anthropology, History, Government, Environmental Science, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Global Cornell, Environment and Sustainability, Global Development, Division of Nutritional Sciences

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Diversity, Research

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William Phelan, LACS Program Manager

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Alex Nading, Associate Professor of Anthropology

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Cornell University

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Free and open to the Cornell community in-person, in adherence with Cornell University's current COVID-19 guidance. Free and open to the public virtually via zoom

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