Humanities Institute

HI and Dell Medical School Hold Health & Humanities Research Seminars

Fri, November 16, 2018
HI and Dell Medical School Hold Health & Humanities Research Seminars
Fall 2018 HHRS Speakers

In Fall 2018, the Humanities Institute hosted 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. Primarily designed for faculty and research staff, the seminars feature presentations from speakers, followed by a group discussion, and closing with casual conversation and refreshments.

The concluding seminar of the semester took place on December 3rd at the University of Texas Club and featured a presentation from Courtney Donovan, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography & Environment at San Francisco State University. Dr. Donovan's presentation was entitled "Digital Health, Health Humanities, and Barriers to Care: Integrating Arts, Humanities, and Technology to Understand Health Disparities," and her visit was sponsored by the digital humanities project, “Communities of Care,” funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Sterling Clark Holloway Centennial Lectureship. 

At the November 5 Seminar, Jewel Mullen, M.D., MPH, the Associate Dean for Health Equity and Associate Professor in the departments of Population Health and Internal Medicine at the Dell Medical School spoke to the group. Dr. Mullen's presentation was entitled "You Can't Fill a Vessel at an Empty Well: Cultivating Empathy to Achieve Health Equity."

The October speaker was Dr. Virginia Brown, Assistant Professor of Population Health at Dell Medical School, who presented her talk, "Psychiatric Advanced Directives, Patient Self-Determination, and Social Justice," at the October 1 Seminar.   

The inaugural speaker for the seminar series was University Distinguished Professor Barbara Jones, Ph.D, the Associate Dean for Health Affairs and Co-Director for the Institute for Collaborative Health Research & Practice at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, and the Associate Director of Social Sciences and Community-Based Research at the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes and Professor in the Departments of Oncology, Population Health, and Psychiatry. At the September 10 Seminar, Dr. Jones spoke on "Adolescents and Young Adults with Cancer: Facing Loss, Finding Meaning, and Focusing on the Future.” 

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