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Dr. Damon Tweedy: Reflections on Race and Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 and Nationwide Protests - Sept 1
Health Humanities Grand Rounds with Dr. Damon Tweedy: Reflections on Race and Medicine in the Year of COVID-19 and Nationwide Protests. September 1 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm. // The COVID-19 pandemic has shined an ugly light on the longstanding racial and ethnic health disparities that persist in our country. Coupled with the televised murder of George Floyd, these events have sparked a renewed racial reckoning in America. In his talk, Dr. Tweedy will explore the dilemma of race within the medical school and hospital setting, highlighting the challenges faced by black patients and black doctors while reviewing recent developments and reforms in the field. // Presenter: Damon Tweedy, MD, associate professor of psychiatry at Duke University School of Medicine and staff physician at the Durham Veteran Affairs Health System, author of “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” (2015). Registration required. Sponsored by Health and Humanities: An Interdisciplinary Venue for Exploration (HHIVE) Lab, Carolina Seminars and Countering Hate. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Theater of War for Frontline Medical Providers is an innovative project that presents dramatic readings by acclaimed actors of scenes from ancient Greek plays to help nurses, doctors, EMS, first responders, administrators, and other health care providers engage in healing, constructive discussions about the unique challenges and stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic. This event will present scenes from Sophocles' Ajax to create a vocabulary for discussing themes such as personal risk, burnout, loss, betrayal, suicide, and moral distress in order to foster connection, community, moral resilience, and positive actions. THURSDAY JULY 30, 2020, 7PM-9PM EDT. Register at TOWEMS.EVENTBRITE.COM
While New York City was the epicenter of the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, Rishi Goyal served as Attending Physician in the Emergency Department at Columbia University Medical Center. Every day, he and his colleagues tended to and cared for patients struck down by this incurable illness as mortalities throughout the city, and throughout the United States, overwhelmed and exposed systems of medical care in America. At the same time, Goyal is a PhD in English and Comparative Literature, Director of the Medicine, Literature, and Society major at Columbia University, and a coordinator of CHCI’s Health and Medical Humanities Network. That is to say, these sometimes seemingly unbridgeable continents of knowledge—the humanities and the natural sciences—find a meeting point in Goyal. Recently, CHCI’s Global Programs Strategist, Jason Rozumalski, had a phone call with Goyal in order to talk about the experience of working in Emergency Medicine during the pandemic and how the humanities not only create important ways to make that experience comprehendible but also have the power to transform those experiences into actions toward better care systems and the reimagining of a better tomorrow.
Carlita Anglin, Carolyn Halpin-Healy, Peri Rosenfeld. Reflecting Art in Nursing Practice: Developing Visual Arts Programs to Transform and Strengthen Practice, 01 May 2020; The Journal of Nursing Administration DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000883
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 Join on Zoom at 5 p.m. Talk & Q&A: 5:15-7 p.m. Register now for the event: https://columbiacuimc.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIkcumtqj0iHNJQOJF3lpnLXW3HoF-ymIP6 Columbia University Irving Medical Center FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC For August Narrative Medicine Rounds we are delighted to welcome Nicole R. Fleetwood, who is a writer, curator, and professor of American Studies and Art History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. She will be speaking about her book Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Nigel Hatton, an associate professor of literature and philosophy and critical race and ethnic studies at the University of California, Merced, will moderate the virtual event, which will include a dialogue with Lisette Oblitas, a Columbia University Justice-in-Education scholar and visual artist featured in Marking Time.
The CHCI Health and Medical Humanities Network met virtually on May 19th, 2020, to discuss current projects and the most pressing problems for the humanities raised by the Covid-19 pandemic.
I’m an E.R. Doctor in New York. None of Us Will Ever Be the Same. A Covid diary: This is what I saw as the pandemic engulfed our hospitals.
The annual CHCI Health and Medical Humanities Network meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 19th. Since we hope to accommodate as many time zones among Network members as possible, the meeting will take place from 12:00-2:00 pm, Eastern Daylight Time.
5 March 2020 - 10 April 2020 // Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DT // An Exhibition by Helen Birnbaum // Significant Bunch of Viruses, 2017 // How do we remember medial pioneers who have changed the path of humanity by saving us all from infection? Should we put a bunch of flowers on their graveside, or by their favourite place, and sit and remember them? The strangely beautiful world of microbes is explored in this exhibition, using mixed media and ceramic bouquets; the Influenza virus sits on weighing scales balanced against a large vaccine producing egg; Tuberculosis bacteria sprout from milk bottles; the HIV virus flows from an old urinal jar, and Smallpox virus cluster together as if actually inside the bloodstream. // Quarantine Boxes, 2019 // Collections of ephemera and tiny microbial sculptures are contained inside old wooden boxes, suggesting containment of the disease, of putting them into isolation or quarantine. They also act as coffins and as a way to remember the individuals lost to these diseases. Helen Birnbaum creates stories in clay, using this ancient material to explore modern imagery and mythologies of our lives today. Helen has exhibited at the World Museum Liverpool, the Gordon Museum at Guy’s Hospital, and Art Box Basel. In 2018 she won the Victoria & Albert Museum/Morley Gallery Ceramic prize. In 2014 she was resident Ceramic Artist at Liverpool Hope University. Helen would like to thank the immunologist Matthew Helbert for his advice in creating these works.