Scientific Program for “The Truth is the Whole”

Scientific Program for “The Truth is the Whole”

Day 1 – Part 1

Registration cards were available at the registration desk just outside Kresge G-1.  Lunches and snacks were also served there to registrants.

Friday, May 22, 2015
Kresge Building, G-1 (Snyder Auditorium), HSPH,
677 Huntington Avenue, Longwood Medical Area, Boston 02115

8:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast (outside G-1)

8:30-8:45 Welcome – Tamara Awerbuch

8:45-10:30 Against Reductionism in Public Health Science, Part I

The dynamics and statics of human health and disease: Population biology meets medicine – Steven Orzack
1-01- Steven Orzack-Pop Biology meets Medicine

Complexity and causal thinking in population health sciences:
How does the social get under the skin? – Sandro Galea
1-02-Sandro Galea-Complexity and causal thinking in population health sciences

Neoliberal Ebola: Agroeconomic determinism and epizootic stochasticity
– Robert G. Wallace and Rodrick Wallace
1-03 – Wallace-Neoliberal Ebola

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Theoretical Approaches to Social Behavior

The centripetal force of community: An analytical framework for
studying human adaptation of space-time allocation to changing environments
– Harish Padmanabha et al.

Changing science in heterogeneous environments – Peter Taylor
1-05-Peter Taylor-Chng Science in heterogeneous environments

From ecology to management: Applying population & disease dynamics concepts
to promote peaceful and equitable workplaces – Brian Rubineau
1-06-Rubineau-Ecology to Mgmt

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 Political Economy and Agriculture

Let’s play Azteca!: Linking the theory and practice of agroecology through gaming – Ivette Perfecto
1-07-Yvette Perfecto-Agroecology through gaming

Agriculture, class, and the cost of food: What do we think about the Industrial Revolution? – Doug Boucher
1-08-Boucher -Levins Festschrift, HSPH, 22 May 2015 – v 2a

The dialectics of agroecosystem transformation – John Vandermeer
1-09-John Vandermeer-Syndromes of production

3:30-4:00 Break

4:00-5:00 Against Reductionism in Public Health Science, Part II

Capitalism feeds malaria transmission: The dialectics of bednet “use” in sub-Saharan Africa – Luis Fernando Chaves
1-10-Luis Fernando Chaves

“Neurodevelopmental disorder” as a reductionist, idealist abstraction – Martha Herbert
1-11 – Martha Herbert-Neurodevel_reified_abstraction – 05-22-2015

Day 2 – Part 2
If you don’t yet have your registration card, you will need to retrieve that customized pass by entering the Harvard Chan School complex at the Francois Xavier Bagnoud (FXB) Center, 651 Huntington Avenue, Longwood Medical Area, Boston 02115.
However, the Kresge entrance is open from 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday.

Saturday, May 23, 2015
Kresge Building, G-1 (Snyder Auditorium), HSPH,
677 Huntington Avenue, Longwood Medical Area, Boston 02115

8:00-8:30 Registration and Breakfast (outside G-1)

8:30-10:30 Topics in Ecology and EvolutionAlyssa A. Botelho, facilitating

Understanding how local institutions affect female smallholder farmers’ access to land resources and household food security in the semi-arid region of Kenya – June Y. T. Po
2-01-June Po-Women Access Land

Ecological skeletons: Excavating the bare bones of community structure using loop analysis – Patricia Lane
2-02-Patricia Lane-Loop Analysis

The dialectics of biospheric evolution – David Schwartzman
2-03-David Schwartzman-Abstract-Dialectics of biospheric evolution
2-03-Schwartzman-Dialectics of Biosphere Evolution

Dialectics and Marxism in the Neo-Lamarckian theories,
A criticism of Neo-Darwinian fetishism – Julio Muñoz-Rubio
2-04-Dialectics and Marxism in the Neo-Lamarckian theories

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-12:30 Organizing for Public HealthDavid Himmelstein, facilitating

Thinking like a revolutionary and organizing for public health: The contributions of Dick Levins – Martha Livingston
2-05-Martha Livingston-Abstract-Thinking like a revolutionary

Popular power and environmental governance: The Cuban approach to natural hazards and disaster risk reduction – Javier André Sandoval Guzmán
2-06-Javier Sandoval Guzman-Pop Power + Environmental Governance

Health policy and political power – Steffie Woolhandler
2-07-SteffieWoolhandler-Health Policy and Political Power

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:30 On Finding Truth; other topicsAbha Sur, facilitating

Finding the truth at the intersection of independent lies – Michael Weisberg

The terms we use to describe ourselves, our opinions and our theories often impede the solutions to the crises we face – David Bruck

Applying a Dick Levins concept to solving climate change – Jonathan Latham
Latham-Solving Climate Change

Group photos were taken inside Kresge G-1 (Synder Auditorium)

3:45-6:00 Free time

6:00-9:00 Dinner, cultural program, and testimonials
Courtyard Cafe, Warren Alpert Building, Harvard Medical School
200 Longwood Avenue (near Quadrangle, short walk from HSPH)

Merle Ratner accompanied Mr. Pham Quang Hieu from the Vietnamese Mission to the United Nations, who spoke after the dinner.

Pham Quang Hieu
Minister Counselor, Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations and Chargé d’affaires
Mission of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the United Nations