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First Fridays

Join us from September through May, as the Department of Humanities in conjunction with the Drs. Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine present a noon hour brown bag discussion of a humanities-related topic. The sessions are free, open to all, and no pre-registration is required. For more information about these programs contact the Humanities Department at (717) 531-8778 or email Claire de Boer at cdeboer@hmc.psu.edu.

2014 First Fridays Calendar of Events

December 2014 First Friday EMAILDecember 5, 2014   •  12:00 p.m.  •  Room C2860
Leonardo and the Reinvention of Anatomy

When Vesalius started his life journey five hundred years ago, Leonardo Da Vinci’s own journey into the human body was symbolically coming to an end. Denounced by a German collaborator for necromancy, he would eventually be barred by the Church from even entering the Ospedale di Santo Spirito under accusations of “heresy and cynical dissection of cadavers”. He will never dissect again. Still, Leonardo’s work might have actually been known to Vesalius himself, considering that Da Vinci’s heir, Francesco Melzi, kept all of his master’s notebooks not too far from Padua, and was eager to show them to anyone interested. They might have actually served as inspiration for Vesalius’ scenic styles of the Fabrica. This talk will review Leonardo’s amazing contributions to the field of anatomy, which are eons ahead of anything available at the time, but that unfortunately remained locked in Windsor’s castle for almost 300 years.

PRESENTED BY: Salvatore Mangione, M.D.
Dr. Mangione is a clinician-educator with a long interest in Physical Diagnosis, Medical History and community service. His innovative programs and engaging teaching style have been recognized by multiple awards for clinical teaching, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the BBC, CNN, NPR and Forbes. Dr. Mangione has been an invited speaker at many national and international meetings, especially in regard to the role of visual arts as a way to teach bedside observation. He’s the author of the book Secrets in Physical Diagnosis.

Nov 2014 First Friday LIONsEyeNovember 7, 2014   •  12:00 p.m.  •  Room C2860
SHOW AND TELL: The Power of Comics in Illness

Katie Green will discuss how and why she created a graphic novel memoir to explore her experience with (and recovery from) an eating disorder and sexual abuse.

Presented By: Katie Green
Katie Green is an artist and illustrator living in England. She studied biology before specializing
in illustration. She is author of the memoir, “Lighter Than My Shadow,” and publishes a bi-monthly
zine, The Green Bean. Her projects can be found on her website,  www.katiegreen.co.uk

 

October 2014 First friday EMAILOctober 3, 2014 • 12:00 noon • Room C2860
The Well-being Benefits of Getting Out on the Trail

Hiking isn’t always about pulling down the big miles. Of course, there’s the 7,700-mile long Sea-to-Sea Route for those of you interested in maximum adventure. And the highly-praised 1,200-mile Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail offers outstanding scenery. But hiking is also about smaller things, such as a day hike in your neighborhood park. And one of the greatest pleasures of hiking is the feeling of giving back to the community. There are many ways to understand what it means to be a hiker. And the best advice is, “Hike your own hike.”

Presented by: Ron “Pathfinder” Strickland, Ph.D.
Dr. Strickland is one of only two living founders of national scenic trails. Beginning in 1970, he began to create a pathway from the Continental Divide at Glacier National Park, Montana to the Pacific Ocean at Cape Alava, Washington. In 1983 he and his fellow explorer Ted Hitzroth thru-hiked the proposed trail’s 1200 miles east to west to publish its innovative guidebook. In 2009, that route was established by Congress as the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail. Ron Strickland has also developed new concepts such as the 7700-mile, transcontinental Sea-To-Sea Route. Oregon State University Press published his memoir, Pathfinder.

 

September 5, 2014 • 12:00 Noon • Room C2860September 2014
September Snitzing Party

Presented by: Michael Shaffer and Danielle Karppala, Michael is a musician and folklorist from Franklin County, PA with a especial interest in the history andc culture of Pennsylvania.
Danielle is a conservatory trained cellist from Adams County. She holds a Master of Music degree from Hartt School of Music, and a performance certificate from PSU.

Visit with the musical storytellers Michael Shaffer & Danielle Karppala as they celebrate harvest time with old time stories and songs of our dear home state.

 

Informance EmailJanuary 10, 2014 • 12:00 Noon • Room C2860
INFORMANCE

Presented by: Steve Rudolph, Jazz Pianist, Composer, Educator, and Yamaha Keyboard Artist

Steve  hosts an “informance” lecture/performance) on the art of improvisation; music composition and history; and an artist’s life in the music world.

Steve Rudolph’s detailed recording and touring information may be found at www.steverudolph.com.

 

 

Feb 2014 First Friday EMAILFebruary 7, 2014 • 12:00 Noon • Room C2860
Kienle Center Players presents:
Readings from the Play, Imelda
by: Richard Seltzer, M.D., Adapted for Readers’ Theater by Gregory A Watkins
Directed by: Valerie Smith, Ph.D., Professor of Theater, Messiah College

A medical student observes as a well-respected but arrogant surgeon deals with a tragedy during surgery.

 

 

 

March First Friday EMAILMarch 14, 2014 • 12:00 Noon • Room C2860
FRACKING: What Me Worry?

Presented by: Jerome A. Paulson, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics at the Geaorge Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington School of Public Health & Health Services.

Dr. Paulson will explore the process of unconventional natural gas extraction and consider its potential to adversely impact human health.

If you missed Dr. Paulson’s presentation you can watch it on mediasite: Click here to view the presentation

 

April 2014 First Friday EMAILApril 4, 2014 • 12:00 Noon • Room C2860
FOOD AS MEDICINE: Farmers Market at the Epicenter of Community Health
Presented by: Daniel R. George, Ph.D.
Faculty, Department of Humanities
Director, Farmers Market in Hershey
Planning Committee Member, Community Garden

According to the USDA, there are over 8,000 farmers markets in the U.S., and over 90 are located on medical center campuses. As the re-localization movement continues to grow across the country, these spaces are becoming emergent epicenters of individual, community, and regional health. Not only do markets provide access to healthy local foods, they also support the local economy, create social interaction, promote community solidarity, and serve as a venue for diverse educational and outreach projects. This talk will describe the efforts of a local initiative — The Farmers Market in Hershey — to use creative strategies to promote preventive health in the region.

Cooking demonstration with free samples!
Michelle Wohlfarth, manager of the Farmers Market in Hershey and a certified organic chef, will prepare samples using local vendor ingredients.

May 2014 First Friday EMAILMay 2, 2014 • 12:00 Noon • Room C2860
Dance for Parkinson’s : Demonstration Class
Presented by: David Leventhal
Founding Teacher, Program Director for Dance for PD®

David Leventhal will present a demonstration class that highlights the program’s methods and curriculum, which have provided a model for classes in more than 100 communities in nine countries around the world. A 13-year collaboration between Mark Morris Dance group and Brooklyn Parkinson Group, Dance for PD® empowers people with Parkinson’s Disease to explore movement in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating, and creative. Professional teaching artists integrate movement from modern, ballet, tap, folk and social dancing, as well as choreographic repertory, to engage participants’ minds and bodies and to create an enjoyable, social environment for artistic exploration. After leading an abbreviated class, David will discuss the program and take questions from the audience.

 

 

 

 

2013 First Fridays Calendar of Events

First Fridays Sept 2013 WEB

September 6, 2013 • 12:00 noon • Room C2860

Visual Aids: Art for Open Minds and Open Eyes
You don’t have to be an artist to understand or appreciate art! All you need are open eyes and an open mind.

“Open Minds,” will introduce some of the uses and functions of art through the ages such as self-expression, storytelling, interpreting the environment, political activism, and community engagement.

“Open Eyes,” will focus on how art may function to benefit the medical community, specifically through enhancing the powers of observation. This is intended as an engaging and thought-provoking presentation that “encourages” audience participation. To learn more visit www.ericaharney.com

Presented by:  Erica Harney, M.F.A. Visiting Instructor of Art, Penn State University

 

 

First Fridays Oct 2013 Sexual Self EMAILOctober 4, 2013 • 12:00 noon • Room C2860

The Sexual Self of Cancer Survivors: Assessing and Addressing a Quality of Life Issue
 With Cancer Survivorship on the rise, and those with advanced disease living longer, health care professionals must be prepared to address all areas of quality of life. This includes the very real needs patients experience around changes in the sexual self after a cancer diagnosis. This talk will identify how cancer impacts on sexuality and what to do about it.

Presented by:
Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C
Oncology Counselor
Life with Cancer, INOVA fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax VA

 

Dancing with dementia Lions Eye Nov 2013 First fridayNovember 1, 2013 • 12:00 noon • Room C2860

Dancing with Dementia: Choreographing a New Narrative
The words and stories moving in the dementia/Alzheimer space are exposing our own cognitive limitations in addressing the huge individual and social challenges associated with these changing disease concepts. As the biomedical model collapses further, come and learn how we can develop ecopsychosocial models of health that drives a broader cultural responses that involves public health and the arts.

Presented by:
Peter J. Whitehouse, M.D., Ph.D.
Visiting Researcher and Strategic Advisor in Innovation, Baycrest, university of Toronto
Professor of Neurology and former Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Psychology, Cognitive Science,Bioethics, Nursing, History and Organizational Behavior,
Case Western Reserve University
Physician, University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Director, Adult Learning, The Intergenerational School.

 

 

December Re-Joyce First friday EMAIL

December 6, 2013 • 12:00 noon • Junker Auditorium

Re: Joyce   A Musical and Literary Irish Christmas

James Joyce’s short story “The Dead” is a description of a Christmas party in 1900s Dublin with evocative details of the food and entertainment, the political chitchat, the dancing and the flirtation. All of these impressions are available to the general reader except for the music and songs which are critical to a fuller  understanding of the melancholy at the heart of the main character, Gabriel another of Joyce’s alter egos.

Presented by:
Seamus Carmichael

 

Past presentations have included storytelling, short films, author discussions, plays by the Kienle Center Players, music therapy, photography, medical comics, and more.

Things We Leave Behind: Mental Health Care in the U.S.
Presented by: Matthew Murray

Excerpts from WiT
The Kienle Center Players Present a dramatic staged reading and discussion

How Blogging Can Be Good For Your Health
Presented by: Martha Peaselee Levine

The TimeSlips Project: Flipping the Script on Dementia
Presented by: Daniel George, Ph.D.

A Parallel Universe: A journey THrough Autism, A Quest for Answers
Presented by: Jennifer Davis-Lewis, Filmmaker

View the December 2011 First Fridays Lecture presented by Seamus Carmichael.  Celtic Holiday Celebration

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