'Of Methadone and Men: The Gender of Drug Use in Wartime Ukraine'

Luther College hosts lecturer Jennifer Carroll April 6
Examining the gendered aspects of drug use and policy in Ukraine, Jennifer Carroll will deliver a lecture titled "Of Methadone and Men: The Gender of Drug Use in Wartime Ukraine" at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 6, in the Hammarskjold Lounge on the second floor of Dahl Centennial Union on the Luther College campus. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

In this lecture, Carroll details her research on opioid use and abuse, which she has conducted over 10 years on two continents, to illustrate the impact of gendered social experiences on the treatment and prevention of opioid misuse, and the socio-political ramifications of those efforts.

What insights have we lost through the erasure of women that could impact our social, legal, and public health responses to the opioid epidemics in Ukraine and elsewhere? What knowledge would be regained if drug-using women were empowered to tell and defend their own stories? What does feminist drug policy look like, and what role can scholars and researchers play in fostering that reality? Carroll offers possible answers to these questions and more as she examines the roles that women play in resolving these public health problems and claiming their voice as representatives of the nation.

Carroll is a lead researcher on overdose prevention initiative in the Center for Disease Control's National Heroin Response Strategy and a Research Associate at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Her research focuses on the lived experience of drug use as well as the structural and cultural forces that shape human decisions around drug use, health care and the strategies that people use to chemically manage their own bodies.

She earned her doctoral degree in socio-cultural anthropology and Master of Public Health in epidemiology from the University of Washington. She also holds a master's degree in sociology from Central European University and a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from Reed College.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the bachelor of arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.