Last week, we had the pleasure of hosting Adia Benton, PhD as guest lecturer for the 25th Robert M. Heavenrich, MD Endowed Lecture in Pediatrics. Dr. Benton is an assistant professor of anthropology at Northwestern University in Boston, MA and a visiting assistant professor at Harvard School of Medicine's Department of Global Health and Social Medicine. Her recent book, HIV Exceptionalism: Development through Disease in Sierra Leone, explores the personal, professional and moral stakes HIV-specific vertical funding, and the social, political, and interpersonal relationships premised on the notion of HIV as a valued resource. Her work has appeared in Visual Anthropology, Medical Anthropology, African Studies Review, Dissent, The New Inquiry, and "The Monkey Cage" blog at the Washington Post. Dr. Benton has provided commentary on global health and development politics, HIV/AIDS, and the West African Ebola epidemic on radio, television, and other public venues.
Those unable to attend the lecture in person may watch a recording of the event here: