1st Dean's Conversation

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What Research on Medicine Teaches Social Scientists

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1st Semi-annual Social Science Dean's Conversation, 15 April 2009
CGIS Tsai Auditorium, Harvard University

Arthur Kleinman introduces and moderates a panel discussion about ideas for the social sciences from social scientists who study health and medicine. Panelists each present a particular idea that has emerged as most central to their own interdisciplinary positioning between social science and medicine -- an idea important enough to frame questions basic to the future development of social science.

ARTHUR KLEINMAN (moderator) is the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology (FAS), a Professor of Social Medicine and Psychiatry (HMS), and currently serves as the Victor and William Fung Director of Harvard’s Asia Center.

LISA BERKMAN is the Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and of Epidemiology (HSPH) and the Director of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.

ALLAN M. BRANDT is the Amalie Moses Kass Professor of the History of Medicine (HMS), a Professor of the History of Science (FAS), and currently serves as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

NICHOLAS CHRISTAKIS is a Professor of Sociology (FAS), Professor of Medical Sociology (HMS), and is an attending physician at Mt. Auburn Hospital.

MICHÈLE LAMONT is the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies and Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies (FAS).

CHARLES E. ROSENBERG is a Professor of the History of Science and the Ernest E. Monrad Professor in the Social Sciences.