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Narcotics and Encounters Across Neighborhoods and Nations: Renowned Experts Discuss Drug Abuse and Public Health
September 15, 2009, Volume 56, No. 03

Two internationally-renowned experts on narcotics and substance abuse will discuss the resulting public health problem, both locally and globally, from an epidemiological and anthropological perspective on Wednesday, September 16, from 4-5:30 p.m., at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. All are invited to attend.

Sponsored jointly by the Schools of Nursing and Medicine, the Dean’s Lecture, Crossing Borders: Narcotics & Encounters Across Neighborhoods and Nations, will feature Dr. Philippe Bourgois and Dr. Maria Medina-Mora. 

Dr. Bourgois is the Richard Perry University Professor of Anthropology & Family and Community Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. At Penn, he has initiated a new, long-term, participant-observation fieldwork project among heroin and cocaine injectors and street sellers in North Philadelphia. Dr. Bourgois’s most recent book, Righteous Dopefiend (with Jeff Schonberg) is based upon 12 years of participant-observation research among homeless heroin injectors and crack smokers in San Francisco.

 Dr. Medina-Mora is the Chief Director of the Instituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramon de a Fuente in Mexico City. She advises the Pan-American Health Organization and the World Health Organization. In 2000, she was appointed to the international Narcotics Control Board of the United Nations. Dr. Medina-Mora comes to Penn as a Provost’s Distinguished International Scholar.

Almanac - September 15, 2009, Volume 56, No. 03