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Invited Speakers




Dr. Danya Qato

       “At the Margins: Women’s Health Under Occupation 

Danya Qato is currently a Fulbright Scholar based at the Institute of Community and Public Health at Birzeit University in Palestine. She holds a PhD in Health Services Research from the Brown University School of Public Health, a PharmD from the University of Illinois, and a Master of Public Health in International Health and Humanitarian Studies from Harvard University. Her substantive areas of research pertain to pharmaceutical policy, global health, environmental justice, and health disparities, particularly in relation to Palestinians. Her research has been funded by the Arab Council for the Social Sciences, the Palestinian American Research Center, and the National Institutes of Health.


Her advocacy work has entailed promoting a critical human rights and epidemiological perspective in understanding the full impact of the Israeli occupation on the health of Palestinians. To this end, she participated in the 2014 Health and Human Rights delegation to Palestine/Israel and has spoken at the local, national, and international level on the intersections of these issues. On a personal level, she is a Palestinian-American raised in Chicago, Illinois, and is founder of the Chicago Palestine Film Festival.


Dr. Ladelle McWhorter

“In Perpetual DisintegrationA Foucault-Inflected Look at How Machine-Bodies Became Normalized Bodies”  

Ladelle McWhorter is the author of  Bodies and Pleasures: Foucault and the Politics of Sexual Normalization  (Indiana, 1999), Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy  (Indiana, 2009), and more than three dozen articles on Foucault, Bataille, Irigaray, and race theory. With Gail Stenstad, she edited a revised and greatly expanded second edition of her 1992 anthology Heidegger and the Earth: Essays in Environmental Philosophy, which was issued by Toronto University Press in 2009. She holds the Stephanie Bennett Smith Chair in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and is also Professor of Environmental Studies and holds an appointment in the Philosophy Department at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. She is currently working on a book tentatively entitled The End of Personhood on a Postmodern Planet.