RTC Colloquium: Health, refugees, and rhetoric of ridicule

PhD Candidate,  Nada Alfeir discusses the topic "Refugees, Health Management, and Cultural Influence" reflecting on the barriers which impede the quality care of the refugee population using the case of the International Institute of Akron in Akron, Ohio. Nada's study shows "that health management for refugees is primarily affected due to language differences, which impacts patient-physician communication."

Dr. Andrew Fiss also discusses "Turning Health Fears into a Joke: Vassar Students’ Covert Rhetorics of Ridicule, 1860s-1880s" pointing out that "[w]hen early observers of Vassar College worried about the health effects of women’s education, students responded by turning to rhetoric. Their preparatory rhetoric classes covered using “ridicule” to make “covert” arguments. Through extracurricular writing, Vassar students developed covert rhetorics, arguing against health fears by turning them into a joke."

Wednesday, February 12 at 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, North Mezzanine
1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931

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Department of Humanities

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Ramon Fonkoue

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