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.
2016 Hershey Lectureship in the History of Medicine
The Psychopathology of Comics Reading: The Troubled Legacy of Fredric Wertham’s Public Health Campaign
May 6th, 2016 • 12 noon • Room C2860
Psychiatrist Fredric Wertham devoted much of his practice in the 1940s and 1950s to the diagnosis and treatment of young people identified as juvenile delinquents. Wertham found that reading comics was a pastime uniting virtually all of his young patients. This discovery of the comics industry led Wertham to advocate for limitations on the sale of comics to children. Dr. Tilley will explore Dr. Wertham’s manipulation of the evidence of comics reading.
Gardening can be one of the most healthful activities people do, or it can lead to injury and environmental damage – depending on the approach. Gardeners who try to “control” their landscape tend to use (and misuse) a lot of power tools and regularly apply a variety of chemicals “just in case.” The other approach is trying to work with nature instead of trying to force our will upon her. That approach, which is gaining traction lately, involves using good care techniques to keep plants healthy, picking better plants in the first place, and treating problems only when the situation warrants.
PRESENTED BY: George Weigel
George Weigel is a garden writer, designer, speaker, Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist, and as his balding, plant-killing brother likes to put it, a Certified Gardening Wacko. Best known for his “Over the Garden Fence” columns that have appeared weekly in The Patriot-News, since 1993.
How does Harrisburg Symphony Artistic Director Stuart Malina ensure all of his dynamic musicians are on the same note—literally and figuratively? The Tony Award-winning musician will share stories about his background, training and current work to deepen our understanding of orchestral performance. He will provide a behind-the-curtain look at a season in the life of a symphony, sharing challenges and humor along the way.
Presented by: Stuart Malina
Music Director of the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Tony Award-winning orchestrator and Music Supervisor of the Broadway musical Movin’ Out, conductor and pianist.
SPECIAL LECTURE PRESENTATION
CURE Violence in Harrisburg, PA
February 11, 2016 • 12 noon • Room C2860
As an ER physician, Dr. John Reuwer saw the outcomes of violence all too often.
He began training on nonviolent action and learned about the work of Dr. Gary Slutkin, a medical doctor who proposes an epidemiological model of prevention for curbing violence. Dr. Reuwer will talk about his experiences with implementing Cure Violence in Harrisburg, including the Twelve Days of Peace.
Presented by: John F. Reuwer, M.D.
Attending Physician, Concentra Urgent Care Center, Harrisburg, PA
Adjunct Professor, Peace and Justice Studies, St. Michael’s College in Colchester, VT
Plato’s Rooster: The Ties that Bind American Medicine and Capital Punishment
February 5, 2016 • 12 noon – 1:00 • Room C2860
At least since the death of Socrates in 399 BC, the practice and protocols of health care have been conflated with the execution of the death penalty. These entanglements go far beyond the easily recognized (and ethically condemned) participation of physicians at the execution event and involve the predictive, selective, and implementation stages of death sentences.
Presented by: Spero Lappas, J.D., Ph.D.
Lecturer | The Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg
Attorney | Of Counsel | Serratelli Schiffman & Brown, PC
State of Health Equity Research and Policy: Opportunities for Health Systems, Lerners and Communities
January 8, 2016 • 12 noon – 12:45 • Junker Auditorium
This “First Friday” session will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about and discuss current policy and regulatory initiatives that could provide health systems, health professions students and the communities with whom they work new levers to address health and health care inequities and improve community health. Dr. Alberti will also present select efforts by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and its member institutions to build, through research, the evidence base of solutions to health and health care gaps.
PRESENTED BY: Philip M. Alberti, Ph.D., Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy, Association of American Medical Colleges
As the Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Senior Director, Health Equity Research and Policy, Philip M. Alberti, Ph.D., supports the efforts of academic medical centers to build an evidence-base for effective programs, protocols, policies and partnerships aimed at eliminating inequities in health and healthcare. He joined the AAMC in 2012 to increase the visibility and to identify and develop opportunities that facilitate the conduct of health equity research at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals.
Previously, Dr. Alberti led research, evaluation, and planning efforts for a Bureau within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene that works to promote health equity between disadvantaged and advantaged neighborhoods. In that capacity, he developed research partnerships between government, academic, and local institutions, helped design policies and interventions targeting local inequities, and evaluated these and other efforts. Dr. Alberti holds a B.A. in psychology and a Ph.D. degree in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University and was a National Institute of Mental Health Fellow in the Psychiatric Epidemiology Training program.
BEST JUDGMENT: LADD SCHOOL LESSONS • December 4, 2015 • 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. • Room C2860
Best Judgment: Ladd School Lessons is a feature documentary film that is produced by individuals with developmental disabilities, including former residents of the Ladd Center, in collaboration with veteran media professionals. The film uses the history of the Ladd Center as a starting point in considering, and challenging, past and present attitudes toward people with developmentally disabilities.
Jimmy Isom, former resident of the Ladd Center, created the musical score for Best Judgment. Individuals with developmental disabilities need to be accepted as peers by members of their communities. The central goal of our film is to help bring about the change in attitudes necessary to make this happen.
PRESENTED BY: JIM WOLPAW
An Academy Award nominee for his documentary “Keats and His Nightingale: A Blind Date” (1985), Jim Wolpaw is a veteran filmmaker known for innovative approaches in considering artists and issues in the arts. Mr. Wolpaw’s many films have won awards at more than a dozen film festivals worldwide. He has taught film production and scriptwriting at Emerson College, the University of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
November 6, 2015 • 12 noon – 1:00 p.m. • Room: C2860
Magic Words/Magic World: Early Modern Medicine and Harry Potter
Readers worldwide are familiar with J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels as a series of magical adventures. But even avid readers may be unfamiliar with the real-life medical practices behind Rowling’s Polyjuice Potion, Whomping Willow and Philosopher’s Stone. This presentation will examine the medieval and Early Modern medical practices that appear in the Harry Potter series, from alchemy and astrology to healing chants and botanicals. Whether diehard Potter fans or new to Harry Potter’s world, listeners will be surprised to discover that the history of medicine is as rich and as strange as any fiction.
PRESENTED BY: Sylvia Pamboukian, Ph.D.
Formerly a pharmacist, Dr. Pamboukian is currently a professor of English at Robert Morris University with a specialty in British fiction and literature and medicine. She is the author of Doctoring the Novel: Medicine and Quackery from Shelley to Doyle published by Ohio University Press in 2012, as well as recent articles on taboo in the Harry Potter series, anesthesia in Braddon’s “Good Lady Ducayne,” testosterone in Doyle’s “The Adventure of the Creeping Man” and girl poisoners in children’s literature.
October 2, 2015 • 12noon – 1:00 p.m. • Room C2860
The Making of Drifting: A play about family and communication in a healthcare setting
When your sister says, “I saw what you used to do in the barn,” you listen. When she says it from deep inside a coma, you really listen.
A play about siblings who find a way to connect across the great divide of altered consciousness, this piece is about how they communicate beyond the mind and the senses; making it possible to dance, laugh, and say goodbye. The panel of artists will be showing clips of and talking about the making of this play.
PRESENTED BY A PANEL OF ARTISTS:
William Doan, Writer, educator, solo performer; Professor of Theatre, Penn State University
Andrew Belser, Teaches movement, voice and acting in the MFA Performance program at Penn State;
Director, Arts and Design Research Incubator at Penn State, where artists and designers join with scientists, writers, and philosophers to research and create artistic projects.
Elisha Clark Halpin, Dancer, choreographer, and teacher based in State College, PA.
Groove-Based Piano Instruction: A.K.A. How to Jam
Traditional piano teaching models rarely address playing music to a groove, yet playing with grooves teaches us to feel the beat as well as to establish rhythmic patterns. Dr. Trez will share some research regarding this type of teaching method. We will also explore playing the piano with grooves such as swing, bossa nova, blues, funk and rock.
Beth Trez holds a Doctorate in Music Education and undergraduate degrees in Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. She teaches jazz, blues and rock to more than 100 students each year. Beth performs in the Cruise Control Band, with Kerensa Gray Jazz, Octagon, Modern Blue, the Carlisle BIC worship team, and free-lances as a soloist with many musical acts.
Sustaining Lifetime Habits of Humanism
Many of us enter the calling of medicine with idealistic goals of maintaining caring attitudes toward our patients. However, the rigors of training and practice can often make it difficult to maintain humanistic ideals. In this interactive talk, we will discuss the hopes of future physicians regarding maintaining humanism, review habits that practicing physicians employ to sustain their humanistic attitudes, and explore the interaction of humanism and physician wellbeing.
Carol Chou, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Division of General Medicine,
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Chou teaches medical students, residents, and faculty on topics such as breaking bad news, communication at the end of life, difficult patient encounters, and behavior change counseling.
How to Grow Dinner: Vegetable Gardening You Can Actually Do
George Weigel is a garden writer, designer, speaker, Pennsylvania Certified Horticulturist, and as his balding, plant-killing brother likes to put it, a Certified Gardening Wacko.
Best known for his “Over the Garden Fence” columns that have appeared weekly in The Patriot-News, since 1993.
Seamus Heaney: A Life in Word and Song
Seamus Carmichael, Kimberly Myers and friends present the life and work of Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney. The program illustrates Heaney’s life in word and song and shows how he became one of the most popular poets of the late 20th century.
Employee at the George T. Harrel Health Sciences Library
Artist and Singer who, like Seamus Heaney, grew up in rural South Derry Northern Ireland and knew the poet and his family. Heaney owned one of Carmichael’s pictures.
Kimberly Myers, M.A., Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Humanities
Her 2007 book, Illness in the Academy, includes a previously unpublished poem by Seamus Heaney.
Feb 12th, 2015 • 6:00 p.m. • JUNKER AUDITORIUM
CANCER: Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning book: The Emperor of all Maladies
Join us for a 60 minute EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW followed by a panel conversation with Barak Goodman and the parents of Emily Whitehead
This film tells the complete story of cancer, from its first description in an ancient Egyptian scroll to the gleaming laboratories of modern research institutions. At six hours, the film interweaves a sweeping historical narrative; with intimate stories about contemporary patients; and an investigation into the latest scientific breakthroughs that may have brought us, at long last, to the brink of lasting cures.
Meet the producer and director: Barak Goodman, Co-founder of Ark Media and a principal producer, director, and writer with the company. His films for Ark Media have been nominated for an Academy Award and won multiple Emmys and Writers Guild Awards, the DuPont-Columbia, and Peabody Awards, the RFK Journalism Prize, and twice been official selections at the Sundance Film Festival.
The Kienle Center Players present a staged reading of: FORTITUDE
A satire of medicine that privileges technological brilliance over human value.
This presentation will use the internationally recognized webseries, Valleys, to illustrate how combining adventure activities with a life storytelling process can lead to profound change in young adult cancer survivors. Attendees will not only gain a strong understanding of adventure therapy and storytelling as modalities to re-claim the vitality lost to illness, but be able to watch the process on-screen as two young adults go on a transformative journey at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
Presented by: Michael Lang
Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Survivor, M.Sc. Student, Health Services Research
Tom Baker Cancer Centre, University of Calgary
Mike Lang is a young adult cancer survivor, adventure guide, documentary film producer, Heath Services Researcher (MSc. candidate) and Cancer Survivorship Education Specialist with CancerControl Alberta. He is also the director of a not-for-profit organization called Survive & Thrive Cancer Programs is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, including the Psychosocial Oncology Research Training Fellowship through McGill University (2013-2015), and in 2013 was voted one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 for his academic achievements, advocacy and work with cancer survivors. He has produced 4 films about the young adult cancer patient experience and organized, facilitated or spoke at over 90 retreats, conferences, adventure trips and support groups for thousands young adult survivors in the past six years. Mike is also the coordinator the Arts & Humanities in Health Care Seminar Series at the University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine and specializes in reconnecting medical professionals with the lived experience of their patients.
2014 First Fridays Calendar of Events
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.
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
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.
Presented by: Michael Shaffer and Danielle Karppala, Michael is a musician and folklorist from Franklin County, PA with a special interest in the history and 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.
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 George 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. Visiting 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