Caregiving as Moral Experience

October 6, 2016 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


Columbia School of Social Work, 1255 Amsterdam Ave., New York 10027

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Office of the Dean

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC; RESERVATIONS REQUIRED; livestream available (opens ten minutes beforehand).

**1.5 CEUs available for licensed social workers (in-person and livestream; nominal fee)**


Caregiving is at the root of humanity because it involves attention to the needs of others as well as acknowledgement of their significance as human beings. This is one of the central claims made by Professor Arthur Kleinman, a world expert on caregiving. We are fortunate to have Professor Kleinman visiting the School of Social Work for a special lecture on the place of care-giving in the American health care system. He will pay particular attention to its moral and emotional aspects.

About the Presenter

Arthur Kleinman is an American psychiatrist and a professor of medical anthropology and cross-cultural psychiatry at Harvard University. Well known for his work on mental illness in Chinese culture, he is a leading figure in several fields, including medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, global health, social medicine, and medical humanities. Since 1978, he has conducted research in China; before that, he conducted research in Taiwan.

Prof. Kleinman’s numerous publications have included works on medical anthropology, social suffering, mental health, stigma, subjectivity, moral experience, and caregiving. He has published six single authored books including Patients and Healers in the Context of CultureSocial Origins of Distress and Disease: Depression, Neurasthenia and Pain in Modern China;Rethinking Psychiatry; The Illness NarrativesWriting at the Margin; and What Really Matters. He is currently writing a book on caregiving based on his articles in the Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine and other venues.


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