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Becoming Aggrieved: An Alternative Framework of Care in Black Chicago

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Dear students, faculty, and members of the UCSF community,

Please join Dr. Catherine Lucey for this special lecture by Laurence Ralph, Professor of Anthropology and African American Studies at Harvard, on Tuesday January 16, 2018 at 5pm in Toland Hall. This lecture is open to the entire UCSF community. It is organized by the Dept. of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine and co-sponsored by The UCSF Black Caucus; the UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations at ZSFG; and the Cultural Psychiatry Area of Distinction Program in the Dept. of Psychiatry.

This lecture is FREE, but please register for the 5:00pm dinner lecture so we can order enough food.

TITLE: Becoming Aggrieved: An Alternative Framework of Care in Black Chicago

Centering on a low-income, African American community in Chicago, this lecture examines the coping mechanisms residents develop after one of their neighbors, Mrs. Lana, suffers what her doctors view as a psychotic break. The lecture argues that the story of Mrs. Lana’s “madness” is productive because it gives us valuable insight into the ways in which blacks, especially those living in low-income communities that face a dearth of institutional resources, invert popular expectations of mourning, thereby developing a concept of “becoming aggrieved” that does not merely lament death, but also affirms life.

BIO: Laurence Ralph is Professor of Anthropology and African and African American Studies at Harvard University. He earned both a PhD and also a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology where he majored in History, Technology and Society. He has a diverse set of research interests including: urban anthropology, medical anthropology, the study of gangs, disability, masculinity, race, and popular culture.

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