Humanities Institute

Health & Humanities Research Seminar with Dr. Virginia Brown

Mon, October 1, 2018 | University of Texas Club, 2108 Robert Dedman Drive, Austin, TX 78712

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Dr. Virginia Brown
Dr. Virginia Brown

This fall the Humanities Institute will host a series of Health & Humanities Research Seminars in partnership with Dell Medical School. A follow-up to May's Pop-Up Institute, the seminars are intended to engage scholars and practitioners across the health and humanities disciplines in research-oriented dialogue. 

The October seminar took place on October 1st and featured a presentation from Dr. Virginia Brown, Assistant Professor of Population Health at the Dell Medical School. Dr. Brown's presentation was entitled “Psychiatric Advanced Directives, Patient Self-Determination, and Social Justice.”

Dr. Brown earned her master’s degree in philosophy with a concentration in ethics and public policy and her doctorate in sociology with concentrations in race, class and gender, and medical sociology, both from Howard University. Her areas of interest include the structural determinants of health, and their influence on health and health care outcomes. Through the theoretical lens of historical materialism, she seeks to disrupt how the social and political structures contribute to the formation and reformation of racial bias in health and health care. By incorporating the principles of human-centered design and health care ethics into CBPR (community-based participatory research), she works to engage social service organizations, foundations, researchers and any collaborators who seek to improve the health outcomes of those most affected in Austin and Travis County, Texas. She also teaches an honors course titled Ethics in Medicine and Society to upper-level honors students in the College of Liberal Arts.

Seating for each seminar is limited. RSVP to request to reserve a spot today, or contact Dr. Phillip Barrish for more information

Sponsored by: the College of Liberal Arts through the Jacob and Frances Sanger Mossiker Chair in the Humanities #1, the Humanities Institute, and Dell Medical School

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