Quarterly Conversations in Global Health

The UC San Diego Global Health Program, Students for Global Health and the Global Forum are proud to bring you the “Quarterly Conversations in Global Health” series. This event is an opportunity for the Global Health community to come together and discuss relevant issues in the field from an interdisciplinary perspective. We strive to create a platform to increase interaction with UC San Diego students, faculty and local organizations to facilitate productive conversations and change.

Join us for Winter 2019 Global Forum:

Quarterly Conversations in Global Health

Humanitarian Aid

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

 Great Hall, UC San Diego

Opening reception begins at 3:00pm 

 Panel begins at 3:30pm


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Humanitarian action is intended to “save lives, alleviate suffering and maintain human dignity during and after man-made crises and disasters caused by natural hazards, as well as to prevent and strengthen preparedness for when such situations occur”. The deliverance of humanitarian aid faces many challenges in policy, funding, and allocation of sufficient resources. Join us for a discussion on the efficacy of current humanitarian efforts, including the recent work of aid organizations and how we can improve upon old mistakes to prepare for future disasters.

During our opening reception (3:00 – 3:30pm) join us for heavy appetizers and meet with tabling organizations who have opportunities to get involved within the field.


screen shot 2019-01-22 at 8.47.24 amThomas J. Csordas, Ph.D: Founding Director of the Global Health Program

Thomas J. Csordas is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Anthropology, and Co-Director of the Global Health Institute at the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include medical and psychological anthropology, global mental health, anthropological theory, comparative religion, cultural phenomenology and embodiment, globalization and social change, and language and culture. He has conducted ethnographic research among Charismatic Catholics, Navajo Indians, adolescent psychiatric patients in New Mexico, and Catholic exorcists in the United States and Italy, spanning topics that include therapeutic process in religious healing, ritual language and creativity, sensory imagery, self transformation, techniques of the body, causal reasoning about illness, and the experience of psychiatric inpatients.


099214i_varma_saiba_002Saiba Varma, Ph.D: Assistant Professor of Psychological and Medical Anthropology

Dr. Varma is a medical and cultural anthropologist working on questions of violence, medicine, psychiatry, and politics as they pertain to Indian-controlled Kashmir and South Asia more generally. Saiba spent 20 months doing ethnographic research in Kashmir, the site of a chronic, unresolved conflict, and one of the most militarized places on earth. In her research, she explores how spaces of psychiatric and humanitarian care confront, but also become microcosms of, the broader politics of violence and occupation that characterize life in Kashmir. She is interested in how medicine and psychiatry, as forms of knowledge and relations, are not only ways of shoring up “facts” about illness, the body, or health, but also spaces where mistrust, doubt, and suspicion proliferate.

reemaReema Sanghvi, MD: Associate Clinical Professor of Anesthesiology

Dr. Sanghvi is an anesthesiologist in practice for almost thirty years.  Throughout these years she has spent a portion of her time being involved in surgical missions for the underserved in various parts of the world.  On her return to academics here at UCSD, she is the head of the Global Health Division of the Department of Anesthesiology.  She has begun a fellowship training program for qualified anesthesiologists, and enjoys facilitating learning and service experiences for pre-medical students, medical students and residents.  She is to teach a course this spring for undergraduate students on “Clinical Perspectives in Global Health”.

screenshot2019-01-31at1.40.16pmLauren Nippoldt: Ph.D Candidate in Psychological and Medical Anthropology

Lauren’s research explores the experiences of Sikh individuals who perform voluntary social work in Delhi and Punjab, India. She investigates the motivation behind engaging in this work, experiences of wellbeing, and the role of religion in shaping their experiences.  She explores how practices of seva draw upon and transform social categories that individuals occupy and how those social categories differentially impact moral personhood through seva. Lastly, she explores how seva as a Sikh practice is part of communal healing.

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See highlights from previous Quarterly Conversations in Global Health here.

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