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Butler University “Religion and Global Health” Public Seminars

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By Marc Allan
Butler University

Butler University Seminar on Religion and World Civilization will present four public seminars on “Religion and Global Health,” beginning Sept. 20, 2012, with “Global Challenges for Healing and Hope.”

That will be followed by “Health and Wellness in Kenya and Indianapolis” (Oct. 30), “Health in Latin America and the Caribbean” (Jan. 29, 2013), and “Health, Faith and the Religious Landscape of South Asia” (Feb. 26).

All events in the series take place from 7-9 p.m. in the Krannert Room of Clowes Memorial Hall. They are free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets for the September and October events will be available starting Sept. 4 at the Clowes Hall box office. Tickets for the January and February events will be available starting Jan. 3, 2013.

The box office is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 317-923-7252.

The Seminar on Religion and World Civilization is a program of the Center for Faith and Vocation at Butler University, promoting understanding of interfaith and intercultural relations through the discussion of religious issues in global perspective. The Center for Faith and Vocation gratefully acknowledges the financial support of Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Here is more about each event.

Religion and Health: Global Challenges for Healing and Hope
Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012

Healthcare is one of the most important ways in which faith-based development organizations strive to do good around the world. But the landscape of this work is complex politically, socially and theologically. Scholars of religion and development work will lay a foundation for our year-long exploration of religion and international health issues.


Katherine Marshall is visiting professor and senior fellow at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and Public Affairs at Georgetown University.  Marshall, who worked at the World Bank from 1972 to 2006, currently advises the World Bank on issues faith and ethics. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and has completed graduate and professional training at Harvard and Princeton universities.


Candy Gunther Brown is an associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University in Bloomington. Her research explores the place of religion in healing in the Americas and worldwide, as well as globalization, religion and science, medical ethics and healthcare management.

Matt MacGregor is executive director of Timmy Global Health, an Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization. It works to expand access to healthcare, while empowering student and medical volunteers to engage directly in global development and tackle global health challenges firsthand

Health and Wellness in Kenya and Indianapolis
Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012

For nearly 25 years, hospitals and faith communities in Indiana and Kenya have been developing international partnerships in health and wellness, working to treat AIDS and prevent the spread of HIV, and improve access to education and healthy food. A panel discussion will bring together leaders from three initiatives that will expand our understanding of health and wellness internationally and here in the Midwest of the United States.


Dr. Robert Einterz is associate dean for international programs and professor of clinical medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine and co-founder of the IU-Moi University (Kenya) exchange program. Launched in 1989. it led to the creation of AMPATH (the Academic Model for the Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS). AMPATH  provides care for more than 55,000 HIV-infected patients in Kenya and has reduced the rate of HIV infection by addressing the poverty that fuels the spread of the virus.

Joseph Okuya is project coordinator of Global Interfaith Partnership in Chulaimbo, Kenya. Founded in 2006, the Global Interfaith Partnership is a coalition of congregations in Indiana and the Chulaimbo area of western Kenya which has developed the Umoja Project (“unity” in Kiswahili) to respond to the urgent needs of Chulaimbo’s orphans and vulnerable children.

David Miner is volunteer executive director of the Interfaith Hunger Initiative. Launched in 2009, the Interfaith Hunger Initiative connects diverse faith communities in Indianapolis and in Kenya with the mutual goal of ending hunger in both parts of the world.

Religion and Public Health in Latin America and the Caribbean
Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Faith-based organizations have worked across Latin America and the Caribbean for decades in an effort to improve living conditions, access to clean water, immunization rates, pre-natal care and other basic healthcare. What is the motivation of religious organizations in public health? What is the prognosis for long-term collaboration with secular organizations and government infrastructures?


The Rev. Thomas G. Streit is a research assistant professor of biological sciences at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and director of the university’s Haiti Program. Ordained a priest in 1986, Streit earned a doctorate in biological sciences at Notre Dame. Through postdoctoral work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in Haiti, he conducted research on the transmission and control of lymphatic filariasis (LF), a mosquito-borne infection that affects more than 120 million people throughout the tropics.


Jennifer Snyder is an associate professor, physician assistance program at Butler University with a focus on internal medicine and field experience in primary care medicine in Honduras.

Michael Vance is a professor of pharmacology at Butler University who travels extensively across Latin America.

Health, Faith and the Religious Landscape of South Asia
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013

Religious-based outreach to combat poverty, including efforts to bring healthcare to underserved people, has long been a mainstay of development work in India and across south Asia. Much of that healthcare in the last century has come from Christian-based organizations serving majority Hindu, Buddhist and Muslim communities. A veteran of 30 years of development work worldwide explores the unique dynamics in the region.


Rabia Mathai is a former vice president of public policy in the south Asian division of Catholic Medical Mission Board. She served 20 years as vice president of global program policy and planning for the U.S.-based Catholic charity.


Chad Bauman, assistant professor religion at Butler University, is a scholar of world religions with a particular interest in the religious communities of India.