Sidore Lecture: "Reframing the Opioid Crisis in Historical Perspective"
Bruce K. Alexander, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Simon Fraser University, has explored many corners of the addiction field for almost half a century. Beginning in 1970, he has counselled hard-core heroin addicts in Vancouver’s darkest streets and prisons; conducted psychopharmacological research (the “Rat Park” experiments); conducted field research on cocaine use for the World Health Organization; critically analysed theories of addiction by ancient philosophers and modern researchers; interviewed university students about their diverse addictions, investigated the “temperance mentality” through questionnaire research in several countries, served on the Boards of Directors of NGOs in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
He has published three books, Peaceful Measures: Canada’s Way Out of the War on Drugs (University of Toronto Press, 1990), The Globalization of Addiction: A Study in Poverty of the Spirit (Oxford University Press, 2008), and A History of Psychology in Western Civilization (Cambridge University Press, 2015, co-author Curt Shelton). Since retiring from the university as Professor Emeritus in 2005, Alexander has spoken frequently in Canada, Europe, and the United States. He posts many of his recent speeches on his website, brucekalexander.com. He was awarded the Sterling Prize for Controversy in 2007.
Sidore Lecture Series 2018/19
Contextualizing and Reframing the Opioid Crisis in New Hampshire: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Policy, Practice, and Discourse
This year's series will bring together collaborators from across the College of Liberal Arts, as well as faculty from outside the college (Carsey School of Public Policy, Nursing) to ask: What can the Liberal Arts bring to the table in addressing the opioid crisis? How can our modes of inquiry, humanistic sensibilities, and ways of understanding and conceptualizing a problem address this particular issue in practical and insightful ways? The organizers’ goal is to use the Sidore series to prompt and guide campus-wide conversations about the opioid crisis that blend the interdisciplinary expertise of UNH faculty with that of national and local scholars, professionals, and stakeholders. In so doing, they seek to reframe New Hampshire’s opioid crisis from one of scandal and corruption to one of serious intellectual and compassionate deliberation.
The Saul O Sidore Memorial Lecture Series was established in 1965 in memory of Saul O Sidore of Manchester, New Hampshire. The purpose of the series is to offer the University community and the state of New Hampshire programs that raise critical and sometimes controversial issues facing our society. The University of New Hampshire Center for the Humanities sponsors the programs.