The Department of Humanities is proud to present a 2011 symposium on the international perspectives of gender, sexuality, and care, and the opportunities and challenges as we age. The symposium will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 4:30pm in the Pharmacology/Toxicology Center (PTC).
The panel of experts includes:
Dr. Felicity Aulino, a professor from Harvard University in the Department of Anthropology, who will discuss care for the aging population of Northern Thailand, where volunteer-based home care models for the elderly are increasingly promoted. Dr. Aulino examines the experience of various care providers and the gendered norms surrounding their care work.
Dr. Anita Hoffer, sexuality educator and lecturer, will discuss the issue of aging and sexuality in our youth-obsessed society. Dr. Hoffer explores expectations and the inevitable changes that occur later in life, and how one can re-define sexual success to accommodate these changes.
Dr. Michelle Ramirez, assistant professor of anthropology at University of the Sciences, will discuss the problem of organizing women’s health in terms of the heterosexual imperative. Her discussion stems from her anthropological research on menopause in Mexico and cancer survivorship and sexuality in the United States.