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The Hidden World of Care: Medical and Health Humanities Symposium
02-11-2019 @ 13:00 - 17:00
Join us for an afternoon of dialogue that raises critical questions on care. On November 2, together with students, faculty, and professor emerita Joan Tronto, we will look at the world through the lens of care.
At a moment of political discord in our country, it is no secret that we face a care deficit. To adequately care for our children, older people, and for ourselves has become a challenge. Care impacts us all, no matter where we live or where we were born. Although political life and institutions should help us to care better, many caregivers see organizations as hindrances to care. ‘Care’ is also narrowed to care work and a commodity, professor Joan Tronto would argue, rather than seeing the full practice of care. Care holds our lives together, but it is still hidden from public space and that needs to change. During this afternoon, we grapple with questions such as: what would it mean if we would rethink our private and public commitments from the perspective of care? How should care be distributed, or who should care, for whom and why? How can we tell which institutions provide good care? And what would a caring institution look like?