AnthroSeminar Lecture on February 14th with Dr. Julienne Rutherford

Dr. Julienne Rutherford from the University of Illinois at Chicago is will present Toward an Integrative Anthropology: Structuring Safe and Inclusive Developmental Environments on Friday February 14, 2020 at 12:00pm at Wilmeth Active Learning Center (WALC), Rm 3087 at Purdue. All are welcome!

In this talk, Dr. Julienne Rutherford interrogates the limits of personal responsibility during pregnancy as the source of health disparities using her work in the marmoset monkey as a model, and the way this connects conceptually to academic developmental environments. In both cases, structures of power need to be engaged in building and maintaining safety and inclusion. Dr. Rutherford issues a call for us to be thoughtful about the ways our sometimes esoteric and ostensibly apolitical anthropologies can inform structural change in the service of healthy development in all domains.

Dr. Julienne Rutherford is an Associate Professor in the Department of Women, Children, and Family Health Science and in the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a biological anthropologist who is fascinated by the causes and consequences of developmental environments, broadly defined. She studies pregnancy, the placenta, and the developmental origins of health and disease in nonhuman primates and humans (e.g., Rutherford 2017). She is also part of a four-woman team of bioanthropologists that wrote the foundational SAFE studies, investigating sexual harassment and gender discrimination in field-based sciences (Clancy et al., 2014; Nelson et al., 2017).

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