Religion, Health & Medicine
Adult Enrichment / ACE Highlights -
How do religion and medicine overlap? How does religion influence people’s ideas about what is healthy and when to get treatment? What are the religious and spiritual roots of many alternative medicine practices and other spiritual approaches to health and wellness? Examine important topics related to religion, health, medicine, and morality in the United States. We will focus on current issues such as abortion, vaccines, alternative medicine, and medical freedom, by learning about their histories and thinking about different religious traditions.
Kira Ganga Kieffer
Kira Ganga Kieffer is a scholar of religions in the United States at Boston University. Her first book project (under contract with Princeton University Press) examines the history of vaccine skepticism through the lens of religious beliefs and practices related to the human body and its meanings. Broadly, Kira’s research explores the intersections of American religions, health, politics, consumerism, gender, and authority. She has published articles in the LA Times, The Washington Post, and Religion & Politics. Kira received her B.A. from Brown University. Check out her website at kirakieffer.com.
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