Friday Morning Seminar in Culture, Psychiatry and Global Mental Health (via Zoom)


Friday, May 7, 2021, 10:00am to 12:00pm


Online Only

“Ethnographic Dispatches from the 'Safety Net': Los Angeles County's Responses to Poverty, Mental Illness, and Addiction"

Attend this event via Zoom (advance registration required)


Ethan ManelinMD-PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

Charlotte Neary-Bremer, Physician, Paediatric Emergency Department, Manchester, UK.


Sadeq Rahimi

This seminar is cosponsored by the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

This event is online only. Please click the "Read More" link for full instructions on how to attend this seminar.

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Please note: This event requires a password to attend. Please email Dr. Sadeq Rahimi ( with a brief introduction of yourself to receive the meeting password. This meeting will be recorded.

Speaker Bios:

Ethan Manelin is an MD-PhD student in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University. His dissertation fieldwork entailed a study of Whole Person Care, a Los Angeles County program for complex, high-need patients on Medicaid. His scholarly interests include the political economy of healthcare, housing, and social welfare in the United States; moral and professional subjectivities of caregiving; and the intersection of mental illness, addiction, and medical disease. He has received recognition of his work through several awards and fellowships including the Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Research Grant and the Donald S. Pitkin Prize. He is originally from Portland, Oregon.

Charlotte Neary-Bremer, MD, MA is a Physician, trained in the UK and currently working in the Paediatric Emergency Department in Manchester (UK).  She completed a Masters in Medical Anthropology at Harvard in 2017 and two years of a doctoral degree in Anthropology at UCLA. She is currently on a leave of absence to work clinically during the COVID pandemic. Charlotte co-founded a national non-profit in the UK that teaches young people impacted by the criminal justice system first responder skills in the event of an injury or collapse.  Her research focuses on the criminalization of mental illness and poverty in Los Angeles.