Instructor: Reutter     MWF      10:10am-11:05am

No nirvana or heaven on earth achieved, the contemporary age has buzzed with health and wellness-related debate on issues including widespread opioid abuse, pharmaceutical price-fixing, alternative medicine, family leave, stem cell research, advanced technology in medicine, research funding or relief aid for infectious diseases and health crises domestic and global, the fair treatment of people of diverse abilities, and the use of medical information in criminal cases. The US has experienced a decade-long political battle over health care and a military trans ban, while Cincinnati’s infant mortality rates, HIV prevalence, and race health disparities still cause alarm. Yet this is also the epoch of community gardens, online caregiver support groups, therapy animals, and LGBTQ legal rights to marriage and survivorship benefits. Y2kers come of age amidst media debate and contested institutional practices in the health field, and our cultural narratives  and communications reflect this.