Have you ever considered how long the invisible world of allergies has been interrupting life in our country? The rise of allergies in America goes back to their historical beginnings in the early 1800s. In this session, participants will look at uncertainties associated with allergies as well as the increase in allergies that happens to track with the rise of industrialization. The stories we tell about allergies, along with our related thoughts and fears about nature, technology, and the environment will be explored. Participants will be invited to learn about how science and technology helps us to combat allergies too. And that’s nothing to sneeze at.
Assistant Professor at Stevens Institute of Technology
Theresa MacPhail is a medical anthropologist with a Ph.D. from UC-Berkeley/UCSF and a writer with a dusty journalism degree. She is also an assistant professor at Stevens Institute of Technology, where she teaches classes in Science & Technology Studies, medical anthropology, and global health.
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