November 2013

"Informal Conversations" at the Harvard Global Health Institute

Professor Ahmed Ragab launched the Harvard Global Health Institute’s Fall 2013 “Informal Conversations” series, which explores cross-disciplinary issues, ideas, challenges, and opportunities in global health, with a luncheon talk involving faculty and students on October 30, 2013. Prof. Ragab began by framing "global health" within its broader history: interactions between the power-dominant rich regions of the "global north" and the historically lower- and middle-income regions of the "global south". A secular discourse has shaped these interactions, separating religion from health in much of the Western world since the sixteenth century. Both medical missions and colonial medicine have perpetuated power differentials, and these effects continue to impact the lived experiences of many around the world for whom faith is an important part of a complex set of beliefs that in turn affect health attitudes and behaviors.

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The second annual Way’s of Knowing graduate conference on religion was a lively success.  On behalf of Professor Ahmed Ragab, I want to thank all who contributed time, energy, and creativity to the conference’s success. The Office of Information Technology and Media Services and the Office of Operations were indispensable in preparing the rooms and equipment for panelists and speakers. A team of 15 graduates students worked in different capacities from… Read more about WAYS OF KNOWING CONFERENCE REFLECTION

Lunch Talk with Dr. Alessandro de Franciscis

Dr. de Franciscis is the President of the Lourdes Office of Medical Observations,or the Bureau des Constatations Medicales. The Bureau was founded in 1883 to record, study and judge the healings and cures reported by pilgrims at the Shrine of Lourdes. 7,000 cases of unexplained cures have been recorded, and a total of 69 cures related to Lourdes have been declared Miracles. The Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes is where Mary the mother of Jesus appeared in… Read more about Lunch Talk with Dr. Alessandro de Franciscis