12 February – Yi-Fu Talk: Postcolonial Values: Nationalist Industries in Pharmaceutical Empire

Kaushik Sunder Rajan, University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology

Dr. Rajan discusses the place of the Indian pharmaceutical industry within global biomedical political economies. He provides an account of India’s oldest surviving pharmaceutical company Cipla, which has become a leading player in the opposition to World Trade Organization-mandated patent regimes and hence an ally of global civil society groups fighting for access to medicines. Cipla’s history reveals a record of consistent action in its own market interests, and an attempt to define a market terrain in terms of those interests; but it also reflects certain explicit nationalist and (more recently) global humanitarian sentiments, in ways that open up questions about the postcolonial and ethical investments of these market actors. He thinks through the global geopolitical landscape within which such ethical incorporations must now operate, in the context of new free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Friday, February 12th at 3:30pm in 180 Science Hall

History of Cartography Project celebrated by NEH

For its 50th anniversary, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is highlighting select projects they support that "have enriched and shaped American lives." We are pleased to announce that our History of Cartography Project is one of them! Thanks to the many alumni and friends whose private gifts release NEH matching funds for the project. More about how you can support the HOC

Naughton receives Education Innovation Grant

Prof. Lisa Naughton has received a UW–Madison Education Innovation Grant to create an international experience for students, specifically for Geog/Envir St 339: Environmental Conservation, through online short videos and real-time discussions with Ugandan farmers. The project aims to create a sense of connection to the global community among UW-Madison students who may have the opportunity to travel abroad, particularly to Africa. The short videos will be housed on a public website and have the potential to function as OERs for other UW–Madison courses and beyond.