HIV/AIDS & Global Health: Edom Tilahun
Edom Tilahun, Duke student class of 2019, speaks on HIV/AIDS to steer the conversation towards its impact on African-American women. "Even though Black women are one of the biggest victims, I feel like they are the people who are in the shadows." Her art piece, hanging at the Student Wall in Duke University Perkins Library, speaks to that very concern.
The FHI Health Humanities Lab takes an inventive interdisciplinary approach to understanding the health of populations locally and worldwide through work grounded in histories, literatures, languages, cultures, arts, media, and critical theory. The lab structure is intrinsically vertically-integrated, involving undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and community in interest-driven research projects. As Duke University Provost Sally Kornbluth has commented, “Beyond helping to train compassionate and humanistic health care providers and providing new therapeutic interventions, the health humanities can offer us novel, interdisciplinary ways of thinking about health and what it truly means to be ‘well.’”