MediLatinas: Women and Medical Activism in Latin America

A scholar, a physician, and a writer explore the past and present of women engaged in medical activism in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and throughout Latin America and Africa.

Sandy Placido is an interdisciplinary scholar of Dominican descent who studies social movements in the Caribbean, Latin America, and the United States, with a special focus on the contributions of women and people of African descent. Placido's book manuscript, A Global Vision: Dr. Ana Livia Cordero and the Puerto Rican Liberation Struggle, 1931-1992, emphasizes the influential role of Puerto Rico and Puerto Ricans in Cold War-era freedom struggles by centering the life of Ana Livia Cordero, a physician and anti-imperialist activist who created substantial connections between movements in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the United States.

Diana Gutiérrez is a filmmaker, storyteller and rumbera who went from "inner-city trouble maker to internationally trained physician".  Dr. Gutiérrez attended the Latin American School of Medicine (ELAM) in Havana, Cuba. Focusing on community health and preventive medicine, she returned to New York City to help establish community outreach and provide adequate healing to the barrio.  Dr. Gutiérrez is featured in the award-winning documentary by first-time director Kunle Ekunkonye, Community Doctors, which tells the story about ELAM students from around the world who promise to return and practice in their predominantly underserved communities. Dr. Gutierrez is currently a resident at the SUNY Downstate Internal Medical Center.

Nelly Rosario is the author of Song of the Water Saints: A Novel and the W. Ford Schumann '50 Distinguished Professor in Democratic Studies at Williams College. She is the recipient of a 2016 Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature for desveladas, a collaborative graphic novel project of visual conversations about the Americas. Rosario is at work on a speculative novel about community medicine.

Sponsored by the W. Ford Schumann '50 Program in Democratic Studies, the Latina/o Program and OURSTEM


Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pm

Hollander Hall, Room 241

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Africana Studies, Art History & Studio Art, Latina/o Studies, Schumann Fund

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