Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society:

Degrees of Health and Well-Being

Full videos of each lecture in the series are available on UCSD-TV

**note that the premiere dates of the videos of the lectures vary. 

Degrees of Health and Well-BeingA Public Lecture Series hosted and sponsored by the UC San Diego Division of Arts & Humanities, co-sponsored by Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, Division of Social Sciences, Eleanor Roosevelt College, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego Graduate Division, Calit2, and UCSD-TV. (poster)

Winter 2016 will mark the fifth consecutive year of a public lecture series established by Steve Cassedy, Department of Literature in the Division of Arts and Humanities, and Alan Houston, Department of Political Science in the Division of Social Sciences and former Provost of Eleanor Roosevelt College. The series features UC San Diego’s finest scholars, artists and teachers. Its primary purpose is to engage members of the community with the research and educational mission of the university.

Each year the series has focused on a central theme; for example, what it means “To Be Human” (2012), what it means “To Be Musical” (2013), what “The Good Life” means (2014) and what it means to be free (“Degrees of Freedom,” 2015). Presenters have ranged from anthropologists, physicists and neuroscientists to musicians, visual artists and biblical scholars.

The successful series has attracted attendance ranging between 225 and 350 audience members. Of these numbers, more than half are community members, followed by alumni, faculty, university staff and students. Each year the lectures and performances have been broadcast on television and the internet. The episodes have been viewed worldwide more than two million times.

Last year Dean Cristina Della Coletta, from the Division of Arts & Humanities, joined the steering committee. The series is now aligned with the university’s strategic planning process, and the overarching, multi-year series title is, “Understanding Cultures and Addressing Disparities in Society.”

The theme for the 2016 series is “Degrees of Health and Well-Being.” The line-up of extraordinary speakers includes:

  • Larry Smarr, Ph.D., M.S., founding director of the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (CALIT2), who will present, “Know Thyself: Quantifying Your Human Body and its One Hundred Trillion Microbes,” Jan. 20
  • Natalia Molina, Ph.D., professor of history and urban studies, Academic Senate Distinguished Teacher and associate vice chancellor for faculty diversity and equity, who will present, “How Scientific Racialization Shapes Mexican Immigration Policies, 1848-present,” Jan. 27
  • Steffanie Strathdee, Ph.D., associate dean of global health sciences, Harold Simon Professor and chief of the Division of Global Public Health in the Department of Medicine at the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and adjunct faculty at John Hopkins University, presents, “Postcard from the Trenches: Tijuana’s Hidden Epidemics of HIV and Tuberculosis,” Feb. 3
  • Cheryl Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.S., associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health at UC San Diego’s School of Medicine will present, “Dietary Intake and Disparities in Chronic Disease Risk: Examining the Problems and Accelerating Solutions,” Feb. 10

  • Tom Wong, Ph.D., assistant professor in the university’s Department of Political Science, who will present, “Expanding the American Electorate,” Feb. 17 (CANCELED)
  • Veerabhadran (“Ram”) Ramanathan, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, presents, “In Pursuit of the Common Good: A New Alliance between Science, Religion and Policy,” Feb. 24.

All talks will take place at UC San Diego in the Great Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Seating is limited. Please register for the series.

Additionally, Dean Della Coletta wanted to offer students an increased opportunity to participate. Consequently, the winter 2016 audiences will view and vote on student projects related to the lecture series’ theme. From the three categories of participants—Preuss School UCSD high-school juniors and seniors, and UC San Diego undergraduates and graduate students—first-, second- and third-place winners will be recognized.  Please see poster of the Degrees of Health & Well-Being" Art Project Competition for more details.

Contact ah-lectures@cloud.ucsd.edu for more information.

Below are links for directions to the Great Hall. Note: Please purchase a permit before parking.