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Anthropology Speakers' Series

Make your Passion your Career: A Discussion of Various Applied Medical Anthropology Projects


Speaker: Lisa Henry | Chair and Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of North Texas &
Doug Henry | Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs, University of North Texas
Filmed: Friday, February 3, 2017 | 3:00 pm

From the South Pacific to rural Texas, and from North Texas to West Africa, we discuss two careers in Applied Medical Anthropology.  We focus on various projects, got through various combinations of gumption, serendipity, hard work, and occasionally naiveté.  Ours is a “big tent” definition of applied anthropology, running the gamut of “traditional” cultural anthropology on applied topics, to client-based consulting, to community-driven empowerment.  We have worked with traditional healers, the United Nations, rural “PA’s,” paramedics, patients with disordered sleep, Hunger Coalitions, HIV providers, refugees, County Health Departments, the World Health Organization, and Emergency Medical Systems.  The common thread has been to use the methods and analytical frames of Medical Anthropology to analyze what happens when things don’t go as expected, improve things, and to make life better for those around us.