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Center for Global Justice’s Snowbird Symposium Continues with a Look at Fascism

Dan Neuspiel will review the history of Nazi medicine, its sources and consequences

By Gregory Diamant

The Center for Global Justice continues the Snowbird Symposium with a film and two lectures on fascism. We begin with a presentation of the film on public health-care, Salud.

The film Salud takes you into the widely celebrated Cuban health care system. Cuba has more doctors per capita than any other country, and more serving in the Third World than the World Health Organization. Although the United States leads the world in biomedical research and high-tech medicine, Cuba scores comparably high on many health care indicators at a fraction of the cost. How can such a poor country achieve infant mortality, immunization, and life expectancy rates at comparable levels to the US? What lessons can we draw from Cuba’s example?

Filmed in Cuba, South Africa, The Gambia, Honduras, and Venezuela, Salud records the voices and experiences of Cuban medical professionals at home, highlights the Cuban approach to community-based care, and explores the country’s medical diplomacy program.

Dr Dan Neuspiel: “Nazi Medicine: Are There Lessons for Today?”

Prior to the rise of fascism in 1933, Germany’s medical profession was considered the most prominent in the world, a center of great discoveries. Yet German doctors joined the Nazi party in greater relative numbers than any other profession.

On March 13, Dr Dan Neuspiel will review the history of Nazi medicine, its sources and consequences, and current examples of US policies with ominous similarities. His lecture is titled “Nazi Medicine: Are There Lessons for Today?”

Neuspiel, a retired pediatrician and full-time San Miguel de Allende resident, has devoted his career to serving underserved, primarily immigrant, children and their families in New York and North Carolina. He has participated in antiracist movements for over 50 years and is the son of an immigrant and Holocaust survivor. He has been on the faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and is professor emeritus of pediatrics at Atrium Health.

Gregory Diamant: “Fascism: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”

Fascism is a word often used to describe anything oppressive, a term of opprobrium that conjures up the odor of sulphur. But does using it that way lead to muddled thinking?

Fascism not only has roots in Europe but also in the United States in the 1920s and 1930s. What do we mean when we use the term today? How can we use our history to analyze the present political moment and peek into our future?

Gregory Diamant’s lecture, Fascism: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, is a lifelong social-justice activist and writer and sometime actor in San Miguel. He was a private student of Howard Zinn and likes the way jokes can often shed light on knotty issues.

 

Film

Salud

Mar, Thu 12, 11am

Teatro Santa Ana

70 pesos

 

Lecture

“Nazi Medicine: Are There Lessons for Today?”

Dr Dan Neuspiel

Mar, Wed 13, 11am

Teatro Santa Ana

70 pesos

 

Lecture

“Fascism: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”

Gregory Diamant

Mar, Thu 14, 1pm

Sala Quetzal

70 pesos

 

All events at La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A

 

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