ICS Lecture: Public Health, Gender and Dictatorship in the Dominican Republic


The Institute of Caribbean Studies at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras (UPR-RP) invites the academic community and the general public to the lecture “Salud Pública, Género y Dictadura en la República Dominicana, 1940-1980” [Public Health, Gender and Dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, 1940-1980] by Dr. Neici Zeller (William Paterson University, New Jersey). Dr. Yamila Azize Vargas (Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, UPR-Medical Sciences Campus) will introduce the lecturer. The activity will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019, 1:00-3:30pm, at Amphitheater Manuel Maldonado Denis, Carmen Rivera de Alvarado Building (CRA 108), School of Social Sciences, UPR-RP.

Description: Both Trujillo (1930-1961) and Balaguer (the “Twelve Years”, 1966-1978) promoted the modernization of public health as a beneficial aspect of their dictatorships. As a way to access professions in the health sector, these supposedly democratic reforms benefited mostly doctors, excluding other agents. The most reliable example of these problematic views on health modernity was nursing, a profession that was relegated to the category of trade during the decades included in this study. The building project for a nursing school during the Trujillo era and its subsequent modification under Balaguer show how prejudices of gender, class, race, and religion came together to prevent working class women from obtaining a profession.

This presentation will be broadcast LIVE online through the UPR-Rio Piedras web site at http://uprrp.edu.

Comments and suggestions on this presentation will be very welcome at iec.ics@upr.edu.

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[Photo above: San Nicolás de Bari Hospital, first hospital in the Americas; from https://www.otromundoesposible.net/hospital-san-nicolas-de-bari-el-primer-hospital-de-america/]

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