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Iraqi speaker visits UC Davis

By From page A4 | November 06, 2012

“Iraq’s Emerging Therapeutic Geography:¬†Warfare and the ‘Crisis’ of (Health) Care” is the topic of a public lecture Tuesday, Nov. 13, at UC Davis.

Omar Dewachi, an assistant professor of medical anthropology and public health at the American University of Beirut, will speak in Ballroom A at the Activities and Recreation Center on campus. A reception will begin at 6 p.m., followed by Dewachi’s talk at 7 p.m.

Dewachi was trained in medicine and public health at the University of Baghdad and the American University of Beirut, respectively, and received his Ph.D. in social anthropology from Harvard University in 2008. His first project, based on archival and fieldwork research in London in the aftermath of the American invasion of Iraq, explored the migration and professionalization of Iraqi-trained doctors to Britain.

His new and ongoing research project explores the therapeutic geography of care for Iraqi patients seeking medical care in regional hospitals in Lebanon, Jordan, India and Turkey.

The lecture is part of the Faris Saeed Lecture Series in Arab Studies and is made possible through donations by Faris Saeed. The series launches the development of Arab studies within the Middle East/South Asia Studies Program at UCD.

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