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Rupa Marya | Deep Medicine and the Care Revolution

Virtual Lecture

Monday, October 10, 2022

The burning of our planet, the fracturing of societies and the unrelenting rise of chronic inflammatory illness have a common root cause. Physician, composer, author, mother and activist Rupa Marya will describe the damaging impact of modern socioeconomic forces on human bodies, the social body and the earth's body. Weaving together story, science, ecology, and medicine, Marya will share how a reckoning with history and power through the Care Revolution is necessary to advance a world where health can be possible for the human and more than human world around us.

Rupa Marya

Rupa Marya is a physician, activist, artist and writer who is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and the founder and executive director of the Deep Medicine Circle, a worker-directed nonprofit committed to healing the wounds of colonialism through food, medicine, story, learning and restoration.

In 2021, she published her first book with political ecologist, food system activist and policy professor Raj Patel, Inflamed: Deep Medicine and the Anatomy of Injustice. This book advances a new level of diagnosis that incorporates history and lines of power into our understanding of the root causes of health disparities and the rise of inflammatory disease in industrialized places, offering compelling treatment options for what is ailing people and the planet.

Marya is a co-founder of the Do No Harm Coalition, a group of healthcare workers committed to changing social structures that make health impossible for different groups of people. Through her work with the coalition, she has worked on the health impacts of police violence specifically and the health legacies of colonialism globally.