Medical Humanities Mondays Archived Schedules

Spring 2019

Thursday, January 10

5:00 – 6:30 pm
G23 Public Health

Scott Stern

Sex, Surveillance, and Social Control: Casting “Promiscuous” Women as Threats
to National Security, and Incarcerating Them
Scott Stern, Historian

Thursday, January 31

5:00 – 7:00 pm

Meet at the Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Avenue
(near Craig Street)*


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Medical Humanities Tours the Carnegie International

Tour the Exhibition with Medical Humanities Colleagues

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Three Angles (2018), El Anatsui. Installation view at the 57th Carnegie International in 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery. Photo: Bryan Conley.

Contact  for details about the meeting location and tour.

Thursday, February 21
6:00 – 8:00 pm

University Club, Ballroom A

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Racial Reconciliation, Institutional Morality, and the Social Life of DNA
Alondra Nelson, PhD
Professor of Sociology at Columbia University
President of the Social Science Research Council

Pre-lecture reception at 5:00 pm in the Gold Room

Co-sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies

Thursday, March 21
5:00 – 6:30 pm

602 Cathedral of Learning

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Gender Before Birth: Sex Selection in a Transnational Context
Rajani Bhatia, PhD
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
SUNY at Albany

Co-sponsored Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies and the Humanities Center


Friday, March 29
1:00 – 2:00 pm

11th floor Scaife Hall

Joel Tsevat MD, MPH

Spirituality, Medicine, and Quality of Life
Joel Tsevat, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio; Professor of Internal Medicine and of Population Health
Dell Medical School, University of Texas at Austin

Monday, April 1
5:00 – 6:30 pm

109 Barco Law Building
Robert McRuer

Queer Affect in Crip Landscapes: Disability, Desire, Devastation
Robert McRuer, PhD
Professor of English
The George Washington University

Fall 2018

September 10, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Humanities Center
602 Cathedral of Learning

Approaching Death: Philosophical and cinematic perspectives
Lucy Fischer, PhD
Distinguished Professor of English and Film Studies, Emerita
Author of Cinema by Design: Art Nouveau, Modernism, and Film History  


Mark Wicclair, PhD
Adjunct Professor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

September 24, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Humanities Center
602 Cathedral of Learning

Getting to the Soul of the Matter: Engaging patients in discussion of their religious/spiritual beliefs during medical encounters

Tara Cook, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics, Division of General Internal Medicine


Krissy Moehling, PhD, MPH
Senior Research Project Coordinator
PittVax Department of Family Medicine

September 27, 2018
3:00 – 5:00 pm

1414 Cathedral of Learning

5:30 – 7:15 pm
G23 Public Health

Exploring, Practicing, & Assessing Narrative Research Methods — a symposium for students, faculty, and researchers

Traditional and Emerging Methods for Narrative Research: Tools for data collection and analysis – afternoon panel

Narrative Methods Laboratory: A conversation with the widow of a double hand transplant patient

October 8, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Humanities Center
602 Cathedral of Learning

Until We Are Tested: Lessons learned from exploring the history of women in medicine through literary narrative

Ami McKay
Journalist, playwright, and novelist Nova Scotia, Canada

November 12, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Humanities Center
602 Cathedral of Learning

  In Shock: My Journey from Death to Recovery and theRedemptive Power of Hope by Rana Awdish, MD—a discussion facilitated by Ritu Thamman, MD

December 3, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Humanities Center
602 Cathedral of Learning

On half-blood, half-breeds, and “the so-called purity of blood”: An examination of the role of genetics in the magical World of Harry Potter
Peter Blier, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Baystate                          

Spring 2018

January 22, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

602 Cathedral of Learning

Image result for mark paterson pittWhat can blindness teach us about ‘seeing’? Molyneux, neuroplasticity, and technologies of sensory substitution
Mark W.D. Paterson, PhD
Assistant Professor in Sociology
University of Pittsburgh

February 5, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

501 Cathedral of learning

Disabled Bodies and Genetic Enhancement:  A Phenomenological Critique
Tom Sparrow, PhD
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Slippery Rock University

February 26, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

602 Cathedral of Learning

Working Toward the Rights of Intersex People
Alice Dreger, PhD
Author of One of Us:  Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal and Hermaphrodites and the Medical Invention of Sex; Previously, Clinical Professor of Medical Humanities & and Bioethics, Northwestern University

March 19, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

501 Cathedral of Learning

Straw into Gold:  The Risks, Rewards, and Power of Writing Your Medical Memoir
Katy Butler
Family caregiver, journalist, and author of Knocking on Heaven’s Door

April 9, 2018
5:00 – 6:30 pm

501 Cathedral of Learning

Cyborg on the Bridge to Nowhere: Problems from the Edge of Life
Jesse Soodalter, MD, MA
Clinical Instructor of Medicine
University of Pittsburgh

Fall 2017

September 11, 2017
4:30 – 6:00 pm

Humanities Center 602 CL

Who Owns the Dead? The Science and Politics of Death at Ground Zero
Jay Aronson, PhD
Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society
Department of History
Carnegie Mellon University

September 25, 2017
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Humanities Center 602 CL
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Consciousness and End of Life Ethical Issues
Adina L. Roskies, PhD
Professor of Philosophy
Dartmouth College

October 16, 2017
6:00 pm

501 CL

Conscientious Objection and Professional Obligation: From Military Chaplains to Modern Medicine
Ronit Y. Stahl, PhD
                            Fellow, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy
                            Perelman School of Medicine
                            University of Pennsylvania

October 30, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 pm

Humanities Center 602 CL

Approaching Death: Philosophical and Cinematic Perspectives
Lucy Fischer, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Mark Wicclair, PhD
Professor of Philosophy, West Virginia University
Adjunct Professor of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh

November 16, 2017
Noon – 1:00

Herberman Conference Center
5230 Centre Avenue

What Patients Say, What Doctors Hear
Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
New York University – NYU Langone Medical Center
NOTE:  This event is THURSDAY @ Shadyside Hospital

December 4, 2017
5:00 – 6:30 pm

501 CL

Don't Forget to Remember: The Importance of Family Recipes, Holiday Traditions, and Stories in the Grieving Process
Lori Jakiela, PhD
Professor of English and Creative/Professional Writing
                            Director of the Writing Program
                            University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg