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Local Interest Lunch Series

"COVID-19, SARS and Epidemic Control in China"

An informal discussion with Katherine Mason, PhD'11, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Brown University.


Building on her in-depth research of public health in China following the 2003 SARS epidemic, Kate will discuss the historical, cultural, and political context of the current outbreak in China, including origins, spread, and containment efforts.  Come learn about the latest in China and how it relates to our world in Rhode Island.


The details:

  • When:  Wednesday, April 22nd from 12:00 noon to 1:30PM
  • Where: Social Enterprise Greenhouse, 10 Davol Square, 1st Floor conference room
  • Meal:   Casual sandwiches and salads, including vegetarian and gluten free options. Water, coffee and tea.
    If you have any additional food allergies or concerns, please email
  • Cost:   $10 for members and $20 for nonmembers covers the cost of the lunch.  
  • This event will be capped at 20 attendees

Register now by clicking on the link below. Space limited to 20 attendees. All attendees must be pre-registered. 

Please note the SEG space is on the first floor of the Coastal Medical Building which sits in the triangle between Point, Eddy and Richmond Streets in the Jewelry District. Please do not park in the building lot as all spaces are reserved for the building's owner. You can park on the street or in the lot for 425 Richmond which is across Richmond Street from the SEG entrace. Free parking tokens provided for this lot.


Katherine A. Mason is the Vartan Gregorian Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Brown University. She is a medical anthropologist whose research includes population health, bioethics, China studies and global health. Her first book, Infectious Change: Reinventing Chinese Public Health after an Epidemic was based on fieldwork she conducted in southeastern China on the professionalization and ethics of public health in China following the 2003 SARS epidemic. Published by Stanford University Press in 2016, it won the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness Book Prize in 2019. Mason received her PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University in 2011. Click here to learn more about Professor Mason.


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