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UCR Takes a Broad Look at Illness

UCR Takes a Broad Look at Illness

(January 19, 1999)

A new lecture series at the University of California, Riverside one designed to appeal to a general audience will present Arthur Kleinman of Harvard University speaking on, "Culture, Illness and Suffering in a New Era: Moral Issues for our Times."

Kleinman, who holds four posts at Harvard, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 at the University Extension Center Building E, 1200 University Ave., sponsored by the Center for Ideas and Society. The event is free to the public.

Kleinman's talk will touch on a variety of health conditions, from the common cold to colon cancer. Using his extensive expertise in medicine, psychiatry and anthropology, plus a sense of humor, Kleinman will discuss how managed health care and other modern changes have changed how people feel about sickness and health.

"He gives us the wider picture on what it mean to experience disease and illness," said Professor Emory Elliott, director of the Center for Ideas and Society. Elliott said past lectures have been geared to a scholarly audience. This year he searched for someone who would be of wider interest. He chose Kleinman for his engaging personality and for his ability to entertain and educate at the same time. "He's known for his accessible language," Elliott said.

Kleinman's most recent book, "Writing at the Margins: Discourses between Anthropology and Medicine," is one of his five major published works. He has published 150 scholarly papers and is co-author or editor of 15 books and several journals.

He has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, making him one of the nation? top experts in his field.

Kleinman currently holds four posts at Harvard: Maude and Lillian Presley Professor of Medical Anthropology; Professor of Psychiatry; Chairman, Department of Social Medicine; and Professor of Social Anthropology.

For more information, contact the Center for Ideas and Society at (909) 787-3987.

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