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March 4: “Mental Illness, Mass Shootings, and the Politics of American Firearms,” a talk by Jonathan Metzl
Narrative Medicine Rounds, Columbia University, March 4, 2020, 5-7pm For our March Narrative Medicine Rounds, we welcome Jonathan M. Metzl, MD PhD, who is the Frederick B. Rentschler II professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society. In his talk, Dr. Metzl, addresses four assumptions that frequently arise in the aftermath of mass-shootings in the United States: (1) that mental illness causes gun violence, (2) that a psychiatric diagnosis can predict gun crime before it happens, (3) that shootings are the deranged acts of mentally ill loners, and (4) that gun control won’t prevent another Newtown. Each of these statements is certainly true in particular instances. Yet notions of mental illness that emerge in relation to mass shootings frequently reflect larger cultural stereotypes and anxieties about matters such as race, social class, and politics. These issues become obscured when mass shootings come to stand in for all gun crime and when “mentally ill” ceases to be a medical designation and becomes a sign of violent threat. He will also speak about his most recent book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heartland. His other books include Against Health: How Health Became the New Morality; The Protest Psychosis: How Schizophrenia Became a Black Disease; and Prozac on the Couch: Prescribing Gender in the Era of Wonder Drugs. He hails from Kansas City, Missouri, and lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Narrative Medicine Rounds are monthly rounds on the first Wednesday of the month during the academic year hosted by the Division of Narrative Medicine in the Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. These events are free and open to the public. While we do not live stream these events, you can listen to a podcast of them on iTunes. PLEASE NOTE: March Narrative Medicine Rounds will take place in the Faculty Club.
Reimagining/Reinventing Medical Humanities: A Roundtable Discussion // A panel of medical humanities scholars reflect on, and discuss, the issues, approaches and concepts that will define the medical humanities in this coming decade. Featuring Rishi Goyal, Esther L. Jones, Jack Coulehan, and Andrew M. Flescher, and moderated by Lisa Diedrich. Feb. 11, 2020 at The University of Stony Brook.
In Tú Amarás (You Shall Love), a group of doctors prepares for an international conference on prejudice in medicine -- a subject complicated by the recent arrival of extraterrestrials on Earth. Tú Amarás reflects on themes of discrimination and violence in democratic contexts with humor, irony, and sharp political critique. February 13-15, 2020 Baryshnikov Arts Center Jerome Robbins Theater 450 W 37th Street, New York NY 10018
The ‘Madwoman’ and the Institution: Interrogating the Experience of Female Insanity in the Long Nineteenth Century, 1 April 2020, University of Leicester UK, CFP deadline 17 January: This conference aims to reconfigure our understanding of the ‘madwoman’ in England’s long nineteenth century, asking key questions about the diagnosis, treatment, care and representation of women perceived as ‘insane’. This period saw the institutionalization of large swathes of the population, including those considered mentally ill. Simultaneously, medical advancements and increased interest in mental illness saw a specific focus on conditions often typified as ‘female’, with disorders attributed to their reproductive organs and bodies. Places of treatment and care – such as public asylums, private madhouses, workhouses or prisons – were typically patriarchal institutions, run by males, with women diagnosed and treated by male doctors. As a result, procuring information about the female experience has proved difficult. Addressing these core developments in the history of medicine and psychiatry, this conference interrogates the female experience of incarceration, often presented as a way of dealing with ‘difficult’ women. Keeping the methodological challenges of uncovering the incarcerated female voice in mind, papers are invited from a range of critical frameworks and disciplines. The event will provide a forum in which researchers can share findings in order to deepen our understanding of women and madness.
Keepers of the House- a unique video about the empathic connections between hospital housekeepers and patients
We've recently completed work on Keepers of the House. The 15 minute documentary includes interviews with eight hospital housekeepers and features remarkable stories about the ways in which they provide emotional support to patients and their families. It. is primarily designed for health care students and providers .with. important. lessons about empathy, humility and teamwork.. The link to the film is:. https://sites.fhi.duke.edu/healthhumanitieslab/portfolio/keepers-of-the-house/ Neil Prose MD Co-Director Duke Health Humanities Lab firstname.lastname@example.org
Conference at Bard College on December 6, 2019, featuring Katie Tabb, Rishi Goyal, Serife Tekin, Anna West, Erik Parens, and John Weinstein. Keynote by Ashley Oliver.
For the November Narrative Medicine Rounds at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, we welcome Deborah Levy, the acclaimed author of six novels including Swimming Home and Hot Milk, both nominated for the Booker Prize, and most recently The Man Who Saw Everything, to be published in the USA in October 2019. Levy will be speaking about “Hypochondria and History: Searching for Story.” See attachment for details.
The objective of this CHCI Summer Institute is to investigate how space, place, and design might interplay with individualized and compassionate health care. Space, along with its less abstract and more social corollary, place, are critical terms in the formal study of literature; meanwhile, the architectural concept design has newly entered a broader disciplinary lexicon to simultaneously suggest method, process and form. We want to consider the role that space, place and design play in health care and aesthetics.
In commemoration of the grim 400th anniversary of the first Africans sold into bondage in North America, Grand Rounds at Columbia University will examine how inequality has been sewn into the fabric of American society with particular impact on health across populations. We invite you to explore these themes with us over the next year.