Join the FXB Center for Health & Human Rights, Harvard Public Health magazine, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Office for Diversity and Inclusion on Tuesday, May 16th at 5:30pm for a free public screening of There’s Something in the Water, an environmental racism documentary co-directed and produced by Ian Daniel and Elliot Page. The film shines a light on the Canadian government’s current and historical decisions to prioritize the profits of large corporations over the health of Indigenous and Black Nova Scotian communities. Based on Dr. Ingrid Waldron’s incendiary study, the film engages in deeply personal and political dialogue with women from rural areas that are plagued by toxic fallout from industrial development who are at the forefront of some of Nova Scotia and the world’s most urgent environmental crises. The film’s world premiere was at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer:
This event will include introductory remarks by Jen Cruz, MPH and a post-screening discussion with filmmaker Ian Daniel and author Ingrid Waldron, PhD, moderated by Shoba Ramanadhan, ScD, MPH. A Q&A session will follow.
Date: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
Location: Kresge G2, 677 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, 02115
Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm EDT
Pizza and beverages will be available and seating is not pre-assigned.
Jen Cruz (she/her) is a Population Health Sciences PhD student in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. She is passionate about the intersection of social epidemiology and social change — moving beyond the traditional framing of epidemiology and into action. Jen plans to work across disciplines to learn how we can best integrate epidemiological methods into community-based work and evidence-based policy development to address health inequities. Her research aims to amplify the strengths that already lie within communities and to hold those in positions of power accountable to dismantling harmful systems oppression.
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Dr. Shoba Ramanadhan is a Senior Scientist in the Center for Community-Based Research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Her work focuses on strengthening systems in underserved communities to leverage the best available evidence for cancer prevention and control. She designs and evaluates workforce development interventions to promote the use of research evidence within community-based organizations in the US and India, studies the adaptation of evidence-based preventive services for use in underserved communities in the US and India, and focuses on methods to incorporate practitioner expertise into the health promotion evidence base more effectively.
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Dr. Ingrid Waldron is the HOPE Chair in Peace and Health in the Global Peace and Social Justice Program in the Faculty of Humanities at McMaster University. Over the last 10 years, her research, teaching, community leadership, and advocacy work have focused on the health and mental health impacts of environmental racism and climate change inequities, mental illness, dementia, and COVID-19 in Black, Indigenous, and immigrant communities. Dr. Waldron is the author of There’s Something in the Water: Environmental Racism in Indigenous and Black Communities (Fernwood Publishing), which was turned into a 2020 Netflix documentary that she co-produced. Dr. Waldron is the founder and Director of the Environmental Noxiousness, Racial Inequities and Community Health Project (The ENRICH Project) and the co-founder and co-director of the Canadian Coalition for Environmental and Climate Justice. Dr. Waldron is currently writing her next book entitledFrom the Enlightenment to Black Lives Matter: The Impact of Racial Trauma on Mental Health in Black Communities. It will trace the history of racial trauma experienced by Black communities in Canada, the US and Britain from the colonial era to the present day.
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Ian Daniel is a Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration and a Roy and Lila Ash Student Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. He is an Emmy-nominated producer, filmmaker and journalist and the former Co-host and Executive Producer of the Emmy-nominated TV show “GAYCATION
” along with actor Elliot Page. An exploration of LGBTQIA+ culture around the world, the series had two seasons on VICE TV and was nominated for Emmy and GLAAD awards or both seasons and won the Imagen Foundation award “Best Informational Program” for creating positive portrayal of Latinos in the media. He reported on LGBTQIA+ issues for VICE and began his journalism career as an Associate Producer and intern at TODAY on NBC in NY. This work earned him “OUT Magazine’s 100 Most Influential LGBTQIA+ People” and “Winq Magazine (Attitude UK) Man of the Year” honors. At the Harvard Kennedy School, Daniel is an MC/MPA ‘23 student, Ash Fellow in Democracy, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Anti-Racism Policy Journal and Founding Chair of the Anti-Racism Policy Caucus.