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Spring 2015 CHRS Seminars

The CHRS weekly seminar series discusses critical issues in the social dimensions of health. It covers cross-disciplinary topics and features a combination of presentations, "work in progress" seminars, methods overview seminars, and thematic seminars involving local and outside speakers.This year's thematic seminars focus on disruption, displacement and health. Some address the intersection of disruption, displacement and health; others are by experts on various types of disruptions meant to stimulate discussions of their potential implications for health. Many of the CHRS seminars also address global health. These are indicated on the schedule below. For further information, contact Sarah Casey at CHRS@american.edu.

All events are Wednesdays, 2:30-4 PM in Battelle T30 unless noted below.


January 14

Derek Hyra, PhD, Associate Professor and Director of the Metropolitan Policy Center, Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University

"The Back-to-the-City Movement, Neighborhood Development, and Processes of Political and Cultural Displacement"


January 21

Lindsay F. Wiley, JD, MPH Associate Professor of Law, Washington College of Law, American University

"Deregulation, Distrust, and Democracy: State and Local Action to Ensure Equitable Access to Healthy, Sustainably-Produced Food"

Note that this is a work in progress session. A draft paper will be circulated to attendees prior to the seminar


Michael D.M. Bader, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, American University

"Methodological Overview Seminar: Spatial Methods for Social Science Research"

In this methodological overview seminar, Professor Bader will discuss spatial analyses as they relate to social and health research. Note that this session is co-sponsored by the All AU Quant Methods Seminar Series and the Social and Behavioral Sciences Core of the District of Columbia Developmental Center for AIDS Research.


February 4

Erdal Tekin, PhD, Professor of Public Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University

"The Effect of Adverse Prenatal Conditions on Well-Being"


February 11

Thespina (Nina) Yamanis, PhD, Assistant Professor, International Development and Public Health, Susan Shepler, PhD, Associate Professor, International Peace and Conflict Resolution, School of International Service, American University

"Ebola in Sierra Leone"

In this work in progress seminar, Professors Yamanis and Shepler will be discussing their January trip to Sierra Leone.

Febuary 18

Taryn Morrissey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University

"Variation in Food Insecurity among Children by Family and Neighborhood Poverty"


February 25

Mary E. Patillo, PhD, Harold Washington Professor, Departments of Sociology and African American Studies, Northwestern University

"The End of Black Metropolis?"



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