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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2014 First Fridays Calendar of Events
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.
February 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 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 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.
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
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. Visting Instructor of Art, Penn State University
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.
Sage Bolte, PhD, LCSW, OSW-C
Life with Cancer, INOVA fair Oaks Hospital, Fairfax VA
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.
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 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.
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